Institute of Astronomy

Mr Christopher Berry


I am trying to discover what we could learn about gravity from strong-field tests; that is from observations of processes occurring in extreme gravitational fields, such as close to a black hole. General Relativity, our best theory of gravitation, has yet to be thoroughly tested in these regimes. My supervisor, Jonathan Gair, and I are especially interested in what we could deduce from gravitational waves, in particular what we could find from observations made with a space-based detector such as the evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA).

Selected papers

Berry, C.P.L. & Gair, J.R.; Expectations for extreme-mass-ratio bursts from the Galactic Centre; MNRAS; 435(4):3521-3540;  2013; DOI:10.1093/mnras/stt1543; arXiv:1307.7276 [astro-ph.HE].

Berry, C.P.L. & Gair, J.R.; Extreme-mass-ratio-bursts from extragalactic sources; MNRAS; 433(4):3572-3583; 2013; DOI:10.1093/mnras/stt990; arXiv:1306.0774 [astro-ph.HE].

Berry, C.P.L. & Gair, J.R.; Observing the Galaxy's massive black hole with gravitational wave bursts; MNRAS; 429(1):589-612; 2013; DOI:10.1093/mnras/sts360; arXiv:1210.2778 [astro-ph.HE].

Berry, C.P.L. & Gair, J.R.; Linearized f(R) gravity: Gravitational radiation and Solar System tests; PRD; 83(10):104022(19); 2011; DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.104022; arXiv:1104.0819 [gr-qc].

Berry, C.P.L. & Gair, J.R.; Gravitational wave energy spectrum of a parabolic encounter; PRD; 82(10):107501(4); 2010; DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.82.107501; arXiv:1010.3865 [gr-qc].


I am now a postdoctoral research fellow with the Gravitational Wave Group, part of the Astrophysics and Space Research Group at the University of Birmingham.

My current homepage is here.


BA (Hons), MSci Natural Sciences (Experimental & Theoretical Physics); Churchill College, University of Cambridge; 2009.

Additional information

You can discover more about me from my homepage. This has details of my teaching and outreach activities.

You may also find me on Google Scholar and Mendeley.

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