Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics
B.Sc. (Hons. Physics), B.Sc. (Hons. Applied Math.), 1970, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Ph.D., 1973, Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology. Richard Chace Tolman Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1973-74. Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Cornell University, 1974-77. Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Cornell University, 1977-83. Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Cornell University, 1983-99. Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics, 1999-present. Visiting appointments at: Department of Applied Math and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge; Department of Astronomy, Harvard University; Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara; Columbia University; Department of Physics, Caltech. Fellow, American Physical Society. Fellow, American Astronomical Society. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1973; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1981; Forefronts of Large-Scale Computing Award, 1990; Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996; National Academy of Sciences, 2003.
General relativity and relativistic astrophysics; numerical relativity; black hole and neutron star physics; computational physics
My major research interests include general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and computational astrophysics. I am engaged in a long-term project to solve Einstein's equations of general relativity by computer. One of the ultimate goals of this project is to predict the gravitational wave form from coalescing black holes in binary orbit about each other. It is expected that such events will be among the first signals detected as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) comes into operation. My recent research has spanned many other topics in relativistic astrophysics. I have worked on naked singularities in general relativity; the properties of rapidly rotating neutron stars, including possible observational signatures in pulsars; exploding neutron stars; relativistic stellar dynamics, and planets around pulsars. Most of this work is done in collaboration with other members of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group, including graduate students.
Larry Kidder, Mike Boyle and Scott Field
Andy Bohn, Nils Deppe, Francois Hebert, and Will Throwe