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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. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, The Virgo Collaboration, and S. Shandera, Search for sub-solar mass ultracompact binaries in Advanced LIGO's first observing run, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121 (2018) no. 23, 231103.
  2. 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.
  3. Shandera, S., Agarwal, N., and Kamal, A., An open quantum cosmological system, Phys. Rev. D. 98 (2018) no. 98, 083535.
  4. Abazajian, K.N., Adshead, P., Ahmed, Z., Allen, S., Alonso, D., et al. CMB-S4 Science Book, 2016.
  5. Zhao, G.B., Wang, Y., Ross, A.J., Shandera, S., 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, Astron. J. 151 (2016).
  6. Nelson, E. and Shandera, S. Statistical Naturalness and non-Gaussianity in a Finite Universe. Phys. Rev. Lett., 110 (2013), no.13, 131301.
  7. Shandera, S., Mantz, A., Rapetti, D., and Allen, S.W. X-ray Cluster Constraints on Non-GaussianityJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2013(08), 004
  8. Burgess, C., Holman, R., Leblond, L., and Shandera, S. Super-Hubble de Sitter Fluctuations and the dynamical RG. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2010(03), 033. 
  9. LoVerde, M., Miller, A., Shandera, S., and Verde, L. 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. D 76, 123516 (2007).

Research Interests

Theory of the very early universe.