Edward Seidel, PhD
Edward Seidel, Ph.D.

Edward Seidel, PhD
National science foundation (NSF) Director,
Mathematical and physical sciences

Ph.D., 1988 - Yale University

Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
309 Johnston Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
(225) 578-7877-Office

Research Interests

General Relativity & Computation & Technology

Seidel is the Floating Point Systems Professor in LSU's Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in relativistic astrophysics. As a professor at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institute, or AEI) in Germany from 1996-2003, Seidel founded and led AEI's numerical relativity and e-science groups, which became leading forces worldwide in solving Einstein's equations using large-scale computers, and in distributed and Grid computing. He still maintains a strong affiliation with AEI. LSU and the AEI numerical relativity and computational science groups still work very closely together.

Seidel has been a leader of several very large international projects in both astrophysics and Grid computing, involving more than a dozen European and American institutions. In addition to leading the CCT, he helped initiate, and is presently the chief scientist for, the $40M Louisiana Optical Network Initiatives (LONI), a 40 Gigabit optical research network that will also deploy five IBM P5 systems to Louisiana universities and medical schools by summer 2006. He was previously a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and associate professor in the Physics Department at the University of Illinois.

Current and Selected Publications

  • Jonathan Thornburg, Peter Diener, Denis Pollney, Luciano Rezzolla, Erik Schnetter, Ed Seidel, Ryoji Takahashi, "Are moving punctures equivalent to moving black holes?," Class. Quant. Grav. 24, 3911-3918 (2007).
    e-Print: gr-qc/0701038

  • Jayashree Balakrishna, Ruxandra Bonddarescu, Gregory Daues, F. Siddhartha Guzman, Edward Seidel, "Evolution of 3-D boson stars with wave form extraction," Class Quant. Grav. 23, 2631-2652 (2006).
    e-Print: gr-qc/0602078

  • Frank Herrmann, Denis Pollney, Erik Schnetter, Edward Seidel, Ryoji Takahashi, Jonathan Thornburg, Jason Ventrella, "Accurate evolution of orbiting binary block holes," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 121101 (2006).
    e-Print: gr-qc/0512108

  • Miguel Alcubierre, et al., "Dynamical evolution of quasi-circular binary black hole data," Phys. Rev. D 72, 044004 (2005).
    e-Print: gr-qc/0411149

  • Miguel Alcubierre, Bernd Brugmann, Peter Diener, Frank Herrmann, Denis Pollney, Edward Seidel, Ryoji Takahashi, "Testing excision techniques for dynamical 3-D black hole evolutions," Nov. 2004, 9pp.
    e-Print: gr-qc/0411137

  • Luca Baiotti, Ian Hawke, Pedro J. Montero, Frank Loffler, Luciano Rezzolla, Nikolaos Stergioulas, Jose A. Font, Ed Seidel, "Three-dimensional relativistic simulations of rotating neutron star collapse to a Kerr black hole," Phys. Rev. D 71, 024035 (2005).