Éanna Flanagan

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

606 Space Sciences, CRSR, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-6534   Fax: (607) 255-6918   Email: eef3@cornell.edu

Biographical Sketch

Éanna Flanagan recieved his BSc and MSc in mathematical science from University College Dublin in 1987 and 1988, and his PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech in 1993, where he studied with Kip Thorne. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech for one year, and from 1994 to 1996 was an Enrico Fermi fellow at the University of Chicago. In August 1996 Flanagan joined the faculty of the Astronomy and Physics departments at Cornell University. He was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Career award in 1997. He was elected to a three year term on the executive committee of the American Physical Society Topical Group in Gravitation in 1999 and again in 2004. In 2002 he was awarded a Radcliffe fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he spent the 2002/03 academic year. In 2004 he was awarded the Basilis C. Xanthopoulos International Award for Research in Gravitational Physics. In 2007 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2013 he became a fellow of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation.

Research Interests

My research interests include general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum fields in curved spacetime. Currently, one focus of my group's research is understanding various sources of gravitational radiation, and developing analytical approximation methods to calculate the gravitational waves they emit. Gravitational waves will hopefully be detected in the next few years by LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory). Another focus is exploring string-theory inspired models of the Universe with extra-dimensions and branes, and their implications for cosmology and astrophysics.

     

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