My name is Felipe Goicovic, and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA), located in Heidelberg, Germany. It is important to mention that, even though my "official" last name is Garrido, I have been using my second surname, Goicovic (from my mother's side) for academic propuses. Yes, in Chile we have 2 surnames.
I finished my doctoral studies in Astrophysics with a double degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and University of Heidelberg. Since September of 2018, I am a postdoc at the Planet Formation Group at ITA, which is led by Prof. Cornelis Dullemond.
My main research interest can be summarized as the study of gas dynamics and accretion around compact objects, mainly using numerical simulations.
Super-massive black hole binaries form in the aftermath of galaxy mergers. We model the dynamics of the gaseous discs that form around the binaries, calculate how their orbits are modified by the gas presence, and predict observational signatures. We are also interested in the dynamics and observability of the gas that follows the late stages of the binary evolution, when the black holes emit gravitational waves and finally coalesce.
A tidal disruption event occurs when a star gets sufficiently close to a supermassive black hole and is pulled apart by the tidal forces. It has been proposed the appearance of flares produced by these events, and the posterior decay of the light curve are sensitive to whether the star is partially or totally destroyed by the tidal field, but the physics of the disruption and later fall-back of the debris are still poorly understood.