Dr Simone Bavera
Sauverny Observatory S427
+41 22 379 23 52
Simone Bavera is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Anastasios Fragkos. Simone received his Bachelor's in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and a Master's degree from the same institution, awarded with distinction. He further earned his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Geneva.
Simone is a theoretical and computational astrophysicist whose research primarily focuses on the formation of merging binary black holes and gravitational-wave astrophysics. His research interests also include the evolution of massive binary stars, long-duration gamma-ray bursts, high-performance computing in astrophysics, and applying Bayesian statistics and machine learning to astrophysical problems.
As a key contributor to the POSYDON collaboration, Simone leads a skilled team of software developers to develop POSYDON, a next-generation open-source Python binary-star population synthesis code incorporating detailed stellar structure and binary simulation models, to study the formation processes of gravitational-wave sources. For more information about the POSYDON collaboration, visit posydon.org.
In 2023, Simone was awarded the Prix Schläfli by the Swiss Academy of Sciences, the Prix Plantamour-Prévost by the Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva, and Edith A. Müller Award from the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy, all prizes recognizing and promoting his pioneering work in the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics.
Simone’s work on binary black hole formation from the evolution of isolated binary stars in galactic fields significantly influenced the field of gravitational wave astrophysics. An up-to-date list of research articles co-authored by Simone can be found on ADS.