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(PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) University Jena)Joerg Hennig (2022)

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 200-300-level Mathematics

Office: Science III, room 215
Tel +64 3 479 7765


Jörg completed a PhD in theoretical physics in 2007 under the supervision of Gernot Neugebauer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. After spending four years in Potsdam as a post-doctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein Institute, he was appointed at the University of Otago's Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2011.

Teaching responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities include:

  • COMO 303 Numerical Methods
  • MATH 203 Calculus of Several Variables
  • MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1
  • MATH 4NT Analytic Number Theory

Research Interests

Jörg's primary research interests lie in the field of General Relativity — Albert Einstein's theory of gravitation. In particular, he is studying:

  • axisymmetric and stationary spacetimes
  • cosmological models
  • numerical relativity
  • the application of pseudo-spectral methods to the numerical solution of hyperbolic PDEs.

For more details, see this page:


Hennig, J. (2024). Soliton methods and the black hole balance problem. Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Conference on Wave Science (KOZWaves). (pp. 17). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hennig, J. (2023). The characteristic initial value problem for the conformally invariant wave equation on a Schwarzschild background. Classical & Quantum Gravity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1088/1361-6382/acc2a9 Journal - Research Article

Arun, K. G., Belgacem, E., Benkel, R., Bernard, L., Berti, E., Bertone, G., … Frauendiener, J., … Hennig, J., … Zumalacárregui, M. (2022). New horizons for fundamental physics with LISA. Living Reviews in Relativity, 25, 4. doi: 10.1007/s41114-022-00036-9 Journal - Research Article

Hennig, J., Frauendiener, J., & Macedo, R. P. (2022). The conformally invariant wave equation near spacelike infinity on Minkowski, Schwarzschild and Kerr. Proceedings of the Australasian Society for General Relativity & Gravitation (ASGRG) 11th Australasian Conference on General Relativity & Gravitation. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hennig, J., & Macedo, R. P. (2021). Fully pseudospectral solution of the conformally invariant wave equation on a Kerr background. Classical & Quantum Gravity, 38(13), 135006. doi: 10.1088/1361-6382/abfd86 Journal - Research Article

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