Office: 2071 NPB

Steven Detweiler



AB Princeton University
PhD University of Chicago

Research Group

Theoretical Astrophysics

Research Interest

Two black holes in a close orbit about each other emit gravitational waves which might be detectable by the LIGO or LISA projects within the next five or ten years. But, at this time, we know surprisingly little about the details of the final coalescence of the black holes. The better that we understand gravitational wave sources, the more likely that we will be to able to detect gravitational waves.

Select Publications

"High-Order Post-Newtonian Fit of the Gravitational Self-Force for Circular Orbits in the Schwarzschild Geometry," with L. Blanchet, A. Le Tiec, and B. F. Whiting, Phys. Rev D, 81, 084033 (2010).

"Self-force with (3+1) codes: a primer for numerical relativists" with I. Vega, P. Diener and W. Tichy, Phys.Rev. D, 80, 084021 (2009).

"Consequence of the gravitational self-force for circular orbits of the Schwarzschild geometry," Phys.Rev. D77, 124026 (2008).

"Perspective on gravitational self-force analyses," Class.Quant.Grav. 22, S681-S716 (2005).

"Self-force via a Green's function decomposition", with B.F. Whiting, Phy. Rev. D67, 024025 (2003).

"Radiation reaction and the self-force for a point mass in general relativity," Phys. Rev. Lett., 86, 1931-1934 (2001); 1979 Det.

"Pulsar timing measurements and the search for gravitational waves," ApJ, 234, 1100-1104, (1979).