Brief Biographical Sketch
Hello, and welcome to my website. I'm an assistant professor of physics in the Mathematical Sciences Department at Montclair State University. I've been a visiting scientist in the relativity group at Caltech and at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
My research is focused on gravitational waves — ripples in the gravitational field that propagate through space and time — and the sources that produce them: colliding black holes, neutron stars, supernovae, and other exotic phenomena. You can read more about my research on my research page.
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UpdatesHere are some recent changes/additions to this website, or things that I've been up to lately:
- [01-June-'16] I'm clearly too busy to post regular updates on this site.
- [22-July-'13] My NSF proposal RUI: Issues in modeling gravitational-wave sources was recently funded! It will provide $126,000 to fund research relevant to LIGO.
- [26-April-'13] Montclair has now joined the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
- [28-Sept-'12] I got a job! I am now an assistant professor of physics at Montclair State University. I got the offer in late March 2012, and moved back to Jersey in late August. I'm currently teaching the introductory calculus-based physics course.
- [4-Jan-'12] I have a new baby daughter! She is awesome.
- [3-Oct-'11] I've recently moved to a new postdoc position at the Center for Gravitation & Cosmology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I spend about a third of my time in Caltech's relativity group.
- [16-Aug-'11] Check out my recent paper on the graviational-wave memory from eccentric binaries.
- [13-Oct-'10] A follow-on paper to my study of the ISCO is now available here. This paper considers the innermost stable circular orbit of spinning black holes, and examines how the ISCO gets modified in the presence of a spinning particle or under the action of the gravitational self-force. It also derives a new criterion for the ISCO of a binary system with spinning components. This ISCO criterion has the interesting property that it is able to exactly predict certain strong-field effects of the Kerr spacetime, even though it was derived using the (approximate) post-Newtonian equations of motion. It is somewhat mysterious as to why this ISCO condition works so well.
- [31-Aug-'10] Check out my recently submitted paper Conservative self-force correction to the innermost stable circular orbit: comparison with multiple post-Newtonian-based methods. It provides the most through and up-to-date study of the ISCO (the innermost stable circular orbit), including comparisons of multiple theoretical calculations with results from self-force and numerical relativity calculations. It also suggests a new procedure for calibrating unknown post-Newtonian terms in inspiral templates. Check it out!
- [8-May-'10] My contribution to the 8th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves was selected to appear in a special issue of Classical and Quantum Gravity. This issue was recently published and you can find my article here [local pdf]. It gives a brief review of the gravitational-wave memory effect. Enjoy!
- [21-Oct-'09] I've decided to restart "Favata's 'Best' of the arXiv" — my picks of articles from arXiv.org and other sources. This time I'm using a Firefox extension called Zotero. This extension let's you easily organize and notate papers on your computer, automatically produces bibtex of selected papers, and allows you to access your collection of papers from any computer. You can also organize papers into "groups" that are posted online (similar to a blog). "Favata's 'Best' of the arXiv" is one such group. Feel free to join the group or leave comments. You can also subscribe to the group via an RSS feed.
For reference you can find my older versions of "Best" of the arXiv here and here.
- [19-Oct-'09] After putting it off for over a year, I've finally gotten around to updating this website. Enjoy.
- [Sept-'09] I recently moved down to Pasadena — it's nice to be back! I'm now a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. You can find me either at JPL (building 169) or on the 3rd floor of Cahill, the new astrophysics building on the Caltech campus.
Last updated on 01 June 2016
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