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Sarah Shandera

Sarah Shandera

Main Content

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
303A Whitmore
Email: ses47 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-9595


  1. Ph.D. Cornell University (2006)
  2. B.S. University of Arizona (2001)

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Fellow, Perimeter Institute (January 1, 2016 - present)
  • Emmy Noether Visting Fellow, Perimeter Institute (August 2015 - December 2015)

Selected Publications

  1. Abazajian, K.N., Adshead, P., Ahmed, Z., Allen, S., Alonso, D., et al. CMB-S4 Science Book, 2016. 
  2. Zhao, G.B., Wang, Y., Ross, A.J., Shandera, S.E., Percival, W.J., Dawson, K.S., Kneib, J.-P., Meyers, A.D., Brownstein, J.R., Comparat, J., Delubac, T., Gao, P., Hojjati, A., Koyama, K., McBride, C.K., Meza, A., Newman, J.A., Rossi, G., Schneider, D.P., Seo, H.-J., Tao, C., Wang, D., Yeche, C., Zhang, H., Zhang, Y., Zhou, X., Zhu, F., and Zou, H., et al. The Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS): A Cosmological Forecast
  3. Adhikari, S., Shandera, S.E. and Erickcek, A.L. Large-scale Anomalies in the Cosmic Microwave Background as Signatures of Non-Gaussianity. Phys. Rev. D, 93, 023524. 
  4. Baytas, B., Kesavan, A., Park, S., and Shandera, S.E. Non-Local Bispectra from Super Cosmic Variance. Phys. Rev. D., 91(8), 083518. 
  5. Nelson, E. and Shandera, S.E. Statistical Naturalness and non-Gaussianity in a Finite Universe. Physical Review Letters, 110(13), 131301. arXiv preprint arXiv:1212.4550 (2012).
  6. Shandera, Sarah, Adam Mantz, David Rapetti, and Steven W. Allen. X-ray Cluster Constraints on Non-GaussianityJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2013(08), 004. arXiv preprint arXiv:1304.1216(2013).
  7. Shandera, S.E., Dalal, N., and Huterer, D. A Generalized Local Ansatz and Its Effect on Halo Bias. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2011(03), 017. 
  8. Burgess, C., Holman, R., Leblond, L., and Shandera, S.E. Super-Hubble de Sitter Fluctuations and the dynamical RG. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2010(03), 033. 
  9. LoVerde, Marilena, Amber Miller, Sarah Shandera, and Licia Verde. Effects of scale-dependent non-Gaussianity on cosmological structures. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2008, no. 04 (2008): 014.
  10. Becker, M., Leblond, L., Shandera, S. Inflation from wrapped branes. Phys. Rev. D76, 123516 (2007).

Research Interests

Theory of the very early universe.