Atomfizikai Tanszék

Péter Raffai

assistant professor

PhD (ELTE, 2012)

Atomfizikai Tanszék


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Peter Raffai earned his MSc degree within the fields of physics and astrophysics at Lorand Eotvos University (ELTE), Budapest, in 2006, and his Ph.D. degree at ELTE in 2012. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, New York, between Fall 2011 and Spring 2013.

He currently works as an assistant professor at the Department of Atomic Physics of ELTE. He has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2007, which is a world-wide community of scientists working on various fields of gravitational-wave physics. In particular, he has been leading the data analysis efforts of the LSC group at Eotvos University, called EGRG.

He has been demonstrating his active commitment to scientific outreach by giving public lectures, popularizing science through media appearances, and mentoring students at many academic levels. His research interests include gravitational-wave astrophysics, multi- messenger astronomy, compact objects, gamma-ray bursts, and various aspects of signal and image processing.


Publications at MTMT

Selected publications of the last five years:

[1] Raffai, P., Haiman, Z., and Frei, Z.; “A statistical method to search for recoiling supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 455, p. 484, 2015.

[2] Hu, Y., Raffai, P., Gondán, L., Heng, I. S., Kelecsényi, N., Hendry, M., Márka, Z., and Márka, S.; „Global Optimization for Future Gravitational Wave Detectors\' Sites”, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol. 32, p. 105010, 2015. (See:

[3] Raffai, P., Gondán, L., Heng, I. S., Kelecsényi, N., Logue, J., Márka, Z., and Márka, S.; „Optimal networks of future gravitational-wave telescopes”, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol. 30, p. 155004, 2013.

[4] Murphy D., Tse, M., Raffai, P., Bartos, I., Khan, R., Márka, Z., Matone, L., Redwine, K., and Márka, S.; „Detecting long-duration narrow-band gravitational wave transients associated with soft gamma repeater quasiperiodic oscillations”, Physical Review D, Vol. 87, Issue 10, p. 103008, 2013.

[5] Aasi, J., et al., “Search for long-lived gravitational-wave transients coincident with long gamma-ray bursts”, Physical Review D, Vol. 88, Issue 12, p. 122004, 2013.

[6] Raffai, P., Szeifert, G., Matone, L., Aso, Y., Bartos, I., Márka, Z., Ricci, F., and Márka, S.; „Opportunity to Test non-Newtonian Gravity Using Interferometric Sensors with Dynamic Gravity Field Generators”, Physical Review D, Vol. 84, Issue 8, p. 082002, 2011.