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Sarah Shandera

Sarah Shandera

Main Content

  • Associate 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. Shandera, S., Jeong, D. and Gebhardt, H.S.G, Gravitational waves from binary mergers of subsolar mass dark black holes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120 (2018) no.24, 241102.
  2. Abazajian, K.N., Adshead, P., Ahmed, Z., Allen, S., Alonso, D., et al. CMB-S4 Science Book, 2016. 
  3. 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
  4. 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. 
  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.