A. Miguel Holgado

Astronomy PhD Candidate and DOE Graduate Fellow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


I am an Astronomy PhD Candidate based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. I am also a DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellow.

I study the gravitational-wave signatures of compact objects such as black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs on a variety of scales. My expertise lies in general relativity, theoretical astrophysics, and astrostatistics.

My CV can be found here.


  • GW Astrophysics
  • Binary Stellar Evolution
  • Pulsar Timing Arrays
  • SMBH Binaries


  • PhD in Astronomy, 2020

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Recent Publications

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Gravitational Waves from Supernova Mass Loss and Natal Kicks in Close Binaries

Some fraction of compact binaries that merge within a Hubble time may have formed from two massive stars in isolation. For this …

Gravitational Radiation from Close Binaries with Time-Varying Masses

In the quadrupole approximation of General Relativity in the weak-field limit, a time-varying quadrupole moment generates gravitational …

Pulsar-Timing Constraints on the Fermi Massive Black-Hole Binary Blazar Population

Blazars are a subpopulation of active galactic nuclei whose jets are nearly aligned with the line-of-sight, which tend to exhibit …

Gravitational Waves from Accreting Neutron Stars undergoing Common-Envelope Inspiral

The common-envelope phase is a likely formation channel for close binary systems containing compact objects. Neutron stars in common …

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