Lee Samuel Finn - Professor, Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics


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Recent Representative

  1. Karan Jani, Lee Samuel Finn and Matthew J. Benacquista. Pointing LISA-like gravitational wave detectors. arXiv:1306.3253, June 2013. 
  2. Lee Samuel Finn and Joseph D. Romano. Roemer time-delay determination of the gravitational wave propagation speed. Phys. Rev D, 88(2), July 2013
  3. Lee Samuel Finn and Andrea N. Lommen. Detection, localization, and characterization of gravitational wave bursts in a pulsar timing array. Astrophys. J., 718(2):1400–1415, August 2010.
  4. G. Hobbs, A. Archibald, Z. Arzoumanian, et al. The international pulsar timing array project: using pulsars as a gravitational wave detector. Class. Quantum Grav., 27(8):084013–+, April 2010.
  5. Lee Samuel Finn, Shane L. Larson, and Joseph D. Romano. Detecting a stochastic gravitational-wave background: The overlap reduction function. Phys. Rev. D, 79(6), March 2009.
  6. Lee Samuel Finn. Response of interferometric gravitational wave detectors. Phys. Rev. D, 79(2), January 2009.
  7. Stephon Alexander, Lee Samuel Finn, and Nicolas Yunes. Gravitational-wave probe of effective quantum gravity. Phys. Rev. D, 78(6), September 2008.
  8. T. Z. Summerscales, Adam Burrows, Lee Samuel Finn, and Christian D. Ott. Maximum entropy for gravitational wave data analysis: Inferring the physical parameters of core-collapse supernovae. Astrophys. J., 678(2):1142–1157, May 2008.
Dr. Lee Samuel Finn
    • HOME: State College, PA
    • AGE: 51
    • HOBBIES: photography
    • LAST BOOK READ: "Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe", by Martin Bojowald.
    • MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT: Three proposals in two months!
    • WHY I DO WHAT I DO: I've never experienced a greater thrill than discovering something unknown about the universe.
    • QUOTE: "Black holes don't ring: they thud."


I'm interested in the universe. Of all the ways that we may come to learn more about the universe in the next decade I believe the most transformative will be gravitational wave observations combined with more conventional observational modalities. The focus of my research is thus on speeding that moment when gravitational waves will be detected directly and developing the analytic and inferential tools that will allow us to fully exploit that detection to learn about the cosmos. I'm involved in all the major projects whose aim is the direct detection of gravitational waves – LIGO, LISA and NANOGrav – and how we may use observations with these or similar detectors to improve our understanding of gamma-ray bursts, binary stellar populations and evolution, the formation and evolution of galaxies and the structure of our own galaxy, and even, perhaps, gather clues that will help us understand how nature reconciles gravity and quantum mechanics.