Dr Alexander Polnarev

Dr Alexander Polnarev

Reader in Astronomy and Mathematics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 5867
Room: G O Jones 210

My research interests

My main research interests lie in applying the General Relativity to Astrophysics, Cosmology and to both space and earth-born experiments. 

  1.  Anisotropy and Polarization of CMB generated by Cosmological Gravitational Waves as a chance to probe the primordial gravitational waves by their imprint on the polarization of the CMB. 
  2. Supermassive binary black holes as one of the most promising sources of gravitational waves, evolution of binary systems of massive black holes, formed in the course of galaxy evolution, the interaction of binary black holes with accretion disks and with surrounding stellar clusters.
  3. Space Radio Interferometry and Pulsar timing constraints on Gravitational Waves. Indirect evidence for gravitational waves, including primordial gravitational waves of cosmological origin.
  4. The observational constraints on Primordial Black Holes (PBHs) as an independent test of physical conditions in the very early Universe, numerical and analytical studies of relativistic hydrodynamics of black hole formation.


My teaching

This year I am teaching

Relativity and Gravitation


Past courses

ASTM108/MTH703U Advanced Cosmology

MTH6123 Mathematical aspects of Cosmology

ASTM041 Relativistic Astrophysics