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Dr. Simonetta Frittelli has been an Associate Professor of Physics at Duquesne University since 2003, and serves as Chair of the physics department. She was born and raised in Córdoba, Argentina, where she received her first degree in physics and the spark of an interest in gravitational physics. She subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Ezra Ted Newman, with a focus on theoretical general relativity and its applications to gravitational lensing. After joining Duquesne University, she received support from the National Science Foundation to pursue implications of the Einstein equations to the simulation of gravitational waves and to the distortions of astrophysical images caused by extreme gravity. She has taught a wide range of physics courses for all kinds of students and delivered public lectures at local venues, notably the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Allegheny Observatory and Café Scientifique Pittsburgh.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science, Physics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Licenciada en Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba

Research Interests

Astrophysical applications of strongly gravitating systems with an emphasis on fundamental theory, including mathematical properties of the Einstein equations.


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  1. 'Well-posed ADM equivalent of the Bondi-Sachs problem,' S. Frittelli, Physical Review D 73, 124001 (2006)
  2. 'Initial-value-problem of the self-gravitating scalar field in the Bondi-Sachs gauge,' S. Frittelli and R. Gomez, Physical Review D 75, 044021 (2007)
  3. 'A framework for large-scale relativistic simulations in the characteristic approach,' R. Gomez, W. Barreto and S. Frittelli, Physical Review D 76, 124029 (2007).
  4. 'Study of errors in strong gravitational lensing,' T. P. Kling and S. Frittelli, Astrophysical Journal 675, 115-125 (2008).
  5. 'Accuracy of the thin-lens approximation in strong lensing by smoothly truncated dark matter haloes,' S. Frittelli and T. P. Kling, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 415, 3599-3608 (2011).
  • PHYS 302 Optics
  • PHYS 461 Mechanics
  • PHYS 473 Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 481 Descriptive Cosmology
  • UCOR 127 Cosmology