Valeria Ferrari

Professor of Theoretical Physics
Dipartimento di Fisica
Sapienza Universita' di Roma
PHONE 39-06-49914276

Degree in Physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1976 (supervisor Prof. G.V. Pallottino),
with the Thesis "On dispersion phenomena in a gravitational wave antenna" (summa cum laude).
1977-1978: Reasearch Assistant, Istituto Plasma Spazio of the National Council of Research (CNR).
1978-1981: Research fellowship, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
1981 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
1981-1993: Research associate, Department of Physics, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
1993-2000: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
2000 to date: Professor of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, University of Rome "La Sapienza".

During my scientific career, I developed several aspects of the theory of gravity which are related to gravitational waves. After working for a few years (1976-1983) on the data analysis of the gravitational experiment with resonant bars at the University of Rome, I worked on black hole quasi-normal modes and, during the years 1984-90, on exact solutions of Einstein's equations describing plane gravitational waves and their non linear interaction. In 1983 I started collaborating with prof. S.Chandrasekhar on exact solutions of Einstein's equations, and later, from 1990 to 1995, on a new formulation of the theory of stellar perturbations, which brought to light new phenomena regarding the emission of gravitational waves from compact stars. We collaborated for twelve years and wrote eleven joint papers on these subjects. Over the years with my group in Rome I have been studying gravitational wave sources, mainly neutron stars and black holes, both isolated and coalescing in binaries, or contributing to the gravitational wave background.
My recent scientific interests are focussing on two main topics: ii) the imprint that the equation of state prevailing in neutron stars inner core leaves on the waveforms these sources emit in several astropysical processes; ii) possible deviations from General Relativity in strong field, high curvature regimes, their signature on gravitational waveforms and their detectability.

For many years (1998-2014) I have been the national coordinator of a project (acronymous OG51), financed by INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) for the study of the theory and phenomenology of gravitational wave sources in support of gravitational wave experiments. In the past ten years I have been elected Member of the Committee of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, of the Directive Committee of the Italian Society of Gravitational Physics and of the Executive Board of the Virgo-EGO Scientific Forum (VESF). I am actually member of the Board of the Gravitational Physics Section (GPS) of the European Physical Society (EPS). I have been Editor of the International Journal of Modern Physics D, and I am currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. I have been the director of the Doctorate School in Physics of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" for three years (2005-2007). From September 2008 to November 2013, I have been the coordinator of the Virgo-EGO Scientific Forum (VESF).


  • Gravitational Wave Physics in Rome