The Gravity Theory group consists of Professors Dieter Brill, Alessandra Buonanno, Bei-Lok Hu, Ted Jacobson, Charles Misner (Emeritus), and Manuel Tiglio, postdoctoral scholars Chad Galley, Frank Herrmann, Yi Pan, Etienne Racine, Thomas Sotiriou, and Anil Zenginoglu, and several graduate students. The interests of the group include classical spacetime geometry and topology, numerical relativity, gravitational wave physics, cosmology, quantum field theory in curved spacetime, quantum gravity, and quantum measurement theory with applications to gravitational wave detectors. We also have a Gravitation Experiment Research group with Professors Ho Jung Paik and Peter Shawhan. In related aspects of the Elementary Particle Theory group, Prof. Kev Abazajian works on particle astrophysics and cosmology, and Prof. James Gates works on aspects of string and supersymmetric field theory. Professors Cole Miller and Chris Reynolds in the Astronomy Department work in relativistic astrophysics including black hole and gravitational wave physics, and sometimes take on physics students for research. The Exploration of the Universe Division at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, which is a few miles from campus, has significant activity in numerical relativity and largely experimental activity with the LISA project (Laser Interferometric Space Antenna for gravitational waves), relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, and astroparticle physics. Students from Maryland sometimes work with Goddard scientists. If you'd like to see what kind of research we're doing the best way to get an impression is to go to and search (all archives) under our names.

For specific information on our Physics Ph.D. program please refer to the Department web pages on the Graduate Program. The Department also maintains web pages for Prospective Graduate Students.

Ted Jacobson
Tel. 301-405-6020
last updated on 8/24/08

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