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Leonardo Rosa Werneck

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leonardo Rosa Werneck

Phone: (304) 293-3422


College or Department: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Office: G62 White Hall

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Leonardo (Leo) Werneck is currently a postdoc at the West Virginia University, where he is conducting research under supervision of Prof. Dr. Zachariah B. Etienne. He is also a member of the TCAN collaboration.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Institute of Physics of the University of São Paulo (USP), under supervision of Prof. Dr. Elcio Abdalla (see the BINGO telescope website), where he mostly worked with critical phenomena in the gravitational collapse of massless scalar fields. During his Ph.D., he visited Prof. Zach Etienne at WVU and worked on extending the equation of state support of IllinoisGRMHD (IGM), a compact, user-friendly, and robust GRMHD code. IGM is a rewrite of the original GRMHD code of the Illinois Relativity Group, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Werneck obtained a M.Sc. in Physics, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Victor O. Rivelles, and a Teaching Degree in Physics, where his undergraduate research was supervised by Prof. Dr. Artour G. Elfimov, both from USP.

His research field is that of Numerical Relativity, with interests in general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD), realistic modeling of compact-object binary systems (such as Black Holes-Black Holes, Neutron Stars-Black Holes, and Neutron Stars-Neutron Stars), and critical phenomena in gravitational collapse. He is currently working on adding realistic equation of state and neutrino physics support to IllinoisGRMHD, the well-known, user-friendly, and robust GRMHD code developed and maintained by Prof. Zach Etienne. These modifications will allow them to produce some of the most realistic simulations of binary neutron stars ever performed, which should accurately represent systems which have been observed in gravitational-wave astronomy, such as GW170817.

White Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506

  • M.Sc. Physics, University of São Paulo
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of São Paulo