TAPIR group that is part of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at Caltech.
Christian's main research interests are core-collapse supernovae, neutron star mergers, and gravitational-wave physics. He contributed to the recent discovery of gravitational waves by Advanced LIGO and was involved in the first search for gravitational waves from core-collapse supernovae with Initial LIGO.
You can learn more about his research on this blog and at Christian Ott's homepage: http://www.tapir.caltech.edu/~cott
Before joining the Caltech faculty in 2009, Christian Ott was a postdoc at Caltech and a visiting assistant professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Before that he was a postdoc at the University of Arizona. He obtained his PhD from Universität Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute).
In his spare time, Christian enjoys running, hiking, reading, homebrewing, and driving his 1987 560sl.