Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

Eanna E. Flanagan

Professor of Astronomy and Physics
Eanna E. Flanagan
Specialty Areas

Theoretical Astrophysics

Research Projects

Cosmology, Physics of Neutron Stars and Black Holes., Studies of Gravitational Wave Sources for LIGO and for the Upcoming Mission LISA.

Biography: Professor Flanagan's research topic is the physics of strong gravitational fields. His research group develops quantitative models of processes involving neutron stars, black holes, and the early Universe, which are useful for comparison with data from gravitational wave detectors. Recently the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave (LIGO) has come on-line, opening up a new window onto the Universe and starting a new branch of astronomy. Other research topics include the exploration of models of the early Universe involving extra dimensions and membranes, and some mathematical issues in classical and semiclassical general relativity.

Selected Publications
  • J. K. Bloomfield, É. É. Flanagan, "A Class of Effective Field Theory Models of Cosmic Acceleration", to appear in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (2012). [arXiv:1112.0303]
  • É. É. Flanagan, T. Hinderer, "Transient resonances in the inspirals of point particles into black holes", Phys. Rev. Lett., to appear, (2012).
  • L. Book, É. É. Flanagan, "Astrometric Effects of a Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background", Phys. Rev. D 83, 024024 (2011).
  • R. Bean, É. É. Flanagan and M. Trodden, "Adiabatic instability in coupled dark matter-dark energy models" Phys. Rev. D 78, 023009 (2008).
  • E.E. Flanagan, "Palatini form of 1/R gravity", Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 071101 (2004).
  • E.E. Flanagan, D. Marolf, and R.M. Wald, "Proof of Classical Versions of the Bousso Entropy Bound and of the Generalized Second Law", Phys. Rev. D 62, 084035 (2000).