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E. Sterl Phinney Theoretical astrophysicist

E. Sterl Phinney’s current research interests include astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation, gravitational wave detection from space and its future, pulsar physics, physics around black holes, and interactions of binary white dwarfs and neutron stars.


Radboud Excellence Initiative Professor, 2015-2016.

Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1996.

Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, 1995.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1990.

Presidential Young Investigator, 1985.

Relevant Publications

K. Kotera et al, "Signatures of pulsars in the light curves of newly formed supernova remnants," MNRAS, vol. 432, pp. 3228-3236, July 2013.

M. Milosavljevic and E.S. Phinney, "The Afterglow of Massive Black Hole Coalescence," Astrophys. J. Lett., vol. 622, pp. L93-L96, 2005

E.S. Phinney, "Pulsars as Probes of Newtonian Dynamics," Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. A, vol. 341, pp. 39-71, 1992.

E.S. Phinney, "The Rate of Neutron Star Binary Mergers in the Universe," Astrophys. J. Lett., vol. 380, pp. L17-L21, 1991.

M.J. Rees et al, "Ion-supported tori and the origin of radio jets," Nature, vol. 295, pp. 17-21, Jan. 1982.



Associate Fellow Gravity & the Extreme Universe


California Institute of TechnologyDivision of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy


PhD (Theoretical Astrophysics) Cambridge University

BS (Astronomy) California Institute of Technology


United States

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