Computational physicist pursuing my Ph.D. in numerical relativity and gravitational-wave astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. Also passionate about software development, design, data visualisation and teaching.

I recently changed my last name from Fischer to Vu.


2018 to date
Ph.D. in Physics, Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics Potsdam, Germany

Numerical simulations of compact object binaries with the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration. Core developer of the SpECTRE numerical relativity code. Advisor: Prof. Harald P. Pfeiffer.

M.Sc. in Physics, Heidelberg University

Core specialization in General Relativity and Theoretical Astrophysics.

Master thesis in Physics Bachelor thesis in Physics


High-Performance Computing Summer School, Kobe, Japan
Les Houches Summer School on Gravitational Waves, France
2017 and 2018
Research invitation, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan
CERN Summer Student Programme, Geneva, Switzerland
CERN Summer Student Programme
Winter School on Gravity and Light, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Research Internship in Complexity Science, University of Calgary, Canada

Teaching & Employment

Teaching Assistant in Astrophysics, Potsdam University
  • Multi-messenger Astronomy (2020)
  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics (2019)
2014 to date
Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University
  • General Relativity (2017)
  • Quantum Mechanics (2016)
  • Electrodynamics and Special Relativity (2015/16)
  • Analytical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (2015)
  • Mechanics and Mathematical Methods (2014/15)
Python Introductory Course, Heidelberg University
Python Introductory Course
Lectures on software development for iOS, Heidelberg University
Lectures on iOS App Development
Software development for neuromorphic hardware, Heidelberg University


  1. N. L. Vu, S. Rodriguez, T. Wlodarczyk, et al. High-accuracy numerical models of Brownian thermal noise in thin mirror coatings. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2021). arXiv:2111.06893.
  2. N. L. Vu, H. P. Pfeiffer, G. S. Bonilla, et al. A scalable elliptic solver with task-based parallelism for the SpECTRE numerical relativity code. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2021). arXiv:2111.06767.
  3. L. M. Zertuche, K. Mitman, N. Khera, et al. High Precision Ringdown Modeling: Multimode Fits and BMS Frames. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2021). arXiv:2110.15922.
  4. N. Deppe, F. Hébert, L. E. Kidder, et al. Simulating magnetized neutron stars with discontinuous Galerkin methods. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2021). arXiv:2109.12033.
  5. J. Moxon, M. A. Scheel, S. A. Teukolsky, et al. The SpECTRE Cauchy-characteristic evolution system for rapid, precise waveform extraction. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2021). arXiv:2110.08635.
  6. N. L. Fischer and H. P. Pfeiffer. Unified discontinuous Galerkin scheme for a large class of elliptic equations. Phys. Rev. D 105, 2, p. 024034 (2022). arXiv:2108.05826.
  7. T. Vincent, H. P. Pfeiffer, and N. L. Fischer. hp-adaptive discontinuous Galerkin solver for elliptic equations in numerical relativity. Phys. Rev. D 100, 8 (2019). arXiv:1907.01572.
  8. M. Boyle, D. Hemberger, D. A. B. Iozzo, et al. The SXS collaboration catalog of binary black hole simulations. Classical and Quantum Gravity 36, 19, p. 195006 (2019). arXiv:1904.04831.
  9. M. Düll, N. L. Fischer, B. M. Schaefer, and F. P. Schuller. Symmetric gravitational closure. arXiv:2003.07109.
  10. V. Kuznetsov, N. L. Fischer, and Y. Guo. The Archive Solution for Distributed Workflow Management Agents of the CMS Experiment at LHC. Computing and Software for Big Science 2, 1 (2018). arXiv:1801.03872.


  1. N. Deppe, W. Throwe, L. E. Kidder, N. L. Vu, F. Hébert, J. Moxon, C. Armaza, G. S. Bonilla, P. Kumar, G. Lovelace, E. O’Shea, H. P. Pfeiffer, M. A. Scheel, S. A. Teukolsky, et al. SpECTRE. sxs-collaboration/spectre. Zenodo:10.5281/zenodo.4290404.
  2. N. L. Vu. dgpy. nilsvu/dgpy. Zenodo:10.5281/zenodo.5086180.
  3. N. L. Vu. gwpv. nilsvu/gwpv.