Dr. John Antoniadis

John Antoniadis’s research focuses on using pulsars as laboratories to study fundamental physics. He is particularly interested in measuring the masses of millisecond pulsars and inferring the equation-of-state of dense nuclear matter. He also studies the impact of gravitational-wave emission on the orbits of binary pulsars.

He is also interested in binary evolution and uses observations of selected objects and theoretical simulations to study the formation of binary neutron stars.

At the Dunlap, Antoniadis will be working on pulsar scintellometry—a new observing method that seeks to use the interstellar medium as a giant telescope that will help us measure the properties of pulsars with extreme precision.

In addition, he was part of the team that discovered the most massive neutron star to date and has helped set some of the most stringent limits on deviations from General Relativity in the strong-field regime.

In 2016, Antoniadis was awarded a prestigious John C. Polanyi Prize in Physics for his research into neutron stars and other compact astronomical objects.

Other awards and prizes he has received include:

  • Otto Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Society (2014)
  • Best PhD in Gravitational, Nuclear and Atomic physics from the German Physics Society (2013)
  • Best PhD, University of Bonn (2013)

Antoniadis received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.

John left the Dunlap Institute in October 2017.