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Sydney J. Chamberlin

Sydney J. Chamberlin

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  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational-wave Astronomy;
  • Postdoctoral Fellow for Education and Outreach, Penn State Materials Science Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
104 Davey Lab
PMB #008
University Park, PA 16802
Email: smc6287 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 867-2461

Education

  1. Ph.D. in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2015; Advisor: Jolien D. E. Creighton)
  2. B.S. in Physics with Honors, Utah State University (2009)
  3. B.S. in Mathematics, Utah State University (2009)
  4. Dissertation: "Topics in Broadband Gravitational-wave Astronomy", downloadable here:
  5. http://dc.uwm.edu/etd/864/

Biography:


Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Physics Department, 2014-2015
  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2015
  • James B. Hartle Award, 10th Amaldi Conference, 2013
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Rhodes Scholarship Interview Finalist, 2008
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, 2008
  • General Carl A. Spaatz Award, Award #1636, Civil Air Patrol, 2007
  • Utah State University Presidential Scholarship, 2004—2008

Selected Publications

C. Messick, K. Blackburn, P. Brady, P. Brockill, K. Cannon, J. Creighton, S. Caudill, S. J. Chamberlin, et al, “Low-latency analysis framework for the prompt discovery of compact binary mergers in gravitational wave data”, in progress (2016).

Z. Arzoumanian, A. Brazier, S. Burke-Spolaor, S. Chamberlin, et al, “The NANOGrav Nine-year Data Set: Observations, Arrival Time Measurements, and Analysis of 37 Millisecond Pulsars”, arXiv:1505.07540 [astro-ph.IM] (2015).

Z. Arzoumanian, A. Brazier, S. Burke-Spolaor, S. Chamberlin, et al, “The NANOGrav Nine-year Data Set: Limits on the Isotropic Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background”, arXiv:1508.03024 [astro-ph.GA] (2015).

Z. Arzoumanian, A. Brazier, S. Burke-Spolaor, S. J. Chamberlin, et al, “NANOGrav Constraints on Gravitational Wave Bursts with Memory”, The Astrophysical Journal 810, 2 (2015).

S. J. Chamberlin , J. D. E. Creighton, P. B. Demorest, J. Ellis, L. Price, J. D. Romano, X. Siemens, “Time-domain Implementation of the Optimal Cross-correlation Statistic for Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background Searches in Pulsar Timing Data”, Physical Review D 91, 044048 (2015).

Z. Arzoumanian, A. Brazier, S. Burke-Spolaor, S. J. Chamberlin, et al, “NANOGrav Limits on Gravitational Waves from Supermassive Black Hole Binaries in Cicular Orbits”, The Astrophysical Journal 794, 141 (2014).

P. B. Demorest, R. D. Ferdman, M. E. Gonzalez, D. Nice, S. Ransom, I. H. Stairs, Z. Arzoumanian, A. Brazier, S. Burke-Spolaor, S. J. Chamberlin, et al., “Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background from the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves”, The Astrophysical Journal 762, 94 (2013).

S. J. Chamberlin and X. Siemens, “Stochastic Backgrounds in Alternative Theories of Gravity: Overlap Reduction Functions for Pulsar Timing Arrays”, Physical Review D 85, 082001 (2012).

J. Ellis, X. Siemens, S. Chamberlin, “Results of the First IPTA Closed Mock Data Challenge”, arXiv:1210.5274 [astro-ph.IM] (2012).

S. J. Chamberlin, “Algebraic Computing Tools in General Relativity: Energy-Momentum Tensors and Exact Solutions to the Einstein Field Equations,” Undergraduate Thesis Published in Undergraduate Honors Theses, Utah State University Digital Commons: pp. 1-93, (2009).

R. Christoffersen and S. Chamberlin, “Space Plasma Processing of Lunar Dust: Mod- eling of Radiation-damaged Rim Widths on Lunar Soil Minerals”, LPI Contributions 1415, 2092 (2008).

S. Chamberlin, R. Christoffersen, and L. P. Keller, “Space Plasma Ion Processing of the Lunar Soil: Modeling of Radiation-damaged Rim Widths on Lunar Grains”, in Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference Abstracts, vol. 39 of Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Conference Abstracts, p. 2302 (2008).

Research Interests

Gravitational-wave data analysis, gravitational-wave searches with pulsar timing arrays, gravitational-wave searches with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), tests of General Relativity, metric theories of gravity, compact objects, relativistic astrophysics; science communication, science outreach, physics education.