Dr. Maria Babiuc
Assistant Professor of Physics
Education
M.S. (Condensed Matter Physics), University of Iasi
Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics), University of Iasi
Research
Dr. Babiuc conducts research in numerical relativity on black
holes and gravitational radiation. Specifically, she is developing
methods to solve the Einstein equations in a full 3D code to
stimulate black hole evolution and to compute the gravitational
waveforms emitted by an inspiraling binary system.
Dr. Babiuc received a NSF
grant for the project "Precise
Computation of Gravitational Waves at Infinity: The
CauchyCharacteristic Approach." This
project has three objectives: (1) to create a flexible
interface between a "Cauchy"
computational code that simulates the black holes inspiral and a
"characteristic" computational code that takes the gravitational
wave and caries it all the way to infinity, (2) to perform precise
computations of gravitational waveforms at infinity from binary
black holes, using this Cauchycharacteristic approach, in
collaboration with two major numerical relativity groups, and (3) to
transform the code that implements this method into an efficient
open tool for the scientific community.
Teaching
Dr. Babiuc teaches upper level
Modern Physics course and lab, Biomedical Physics course and lab,
lowerlevel College Physics course and lab, and a graduate level
Remote Sensing Detectors course. She is preparing to teach
FirstYear Seminar and core courses, which are intended to enhance
students' critical thinking, and the College's support of
interdisciplinary programs.
Background
Prior to coming to Marshall, Dr. Babiuc completed a postdoctoral
fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where she designed and
maintained websites for the AppleswithApples Alliance and the
Pitt Numerical Relativity Group. As a visiting scientist at the
AlbertEinsteinInstitut in Golm, Germany, she developed strategies
for obtaining physically realistic boundary data.
Dr. Babiuc has attended numerous training workshops in supercomputing,
including: Introduction to the Cray XT3 Workshop, Introduction to
Terascale Code Development, Enabling Technologies for High End
Computer Simulations, New Methods for Developing Petascalable Codes,
and the Cactus Retreat.
Contact Info
telephone: (304) 6962754
email:
babiuc@marshall.edu
website:
http://www.science.marshall.edu/babiuc/
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