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# Daniel M Siegel

### Profile

**Education:**

Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and University of Potsdam, Germany, 2015

Diploma in Physics, University of Freiburg, Germany, 2011

I am a theoretical physicist and astrophysicist intersted in connecting fundamental physics with the cosmos. My research interests cover a broad range of topics including gravitational physics, nuclear astrophysics, neutrinos, high-energy astrophsysics, and transient astronomy. Much of my research centers around unraveling the fundamental physics and astrophysics of **compact binary mergers** involving neutron stars, which are among the prime targets of the Advanced LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors and **multi-messenger astronomy**. In particular, I study the physical processes that govern the dynamics of neutron star mergers and that give rise to **observable electromagnetic radiation** and that produce the **heavy elements in the universe** via rapid neutron capture process (r-process) nucleosynthesis.

I perform fully general-relativistic magnetohydrodynamic **simulations on supercomputers**, including microphysical equations of state, weak interactions, neutrino radiation transport, and nuclear reaction networks for r-process nucleosynthesis, in combination with analytical and **semi-analytical modeling**. This allows me to obtain self-consistent predictions from first principles that can directly be compared to observational data of the impending era of multi-messenger astronomy.

A current list of my publications can be found on INSPIRE.