- Third-generation gravitational-wave detector technology.
- Quantum control of macroscopic objects.
- Commissioning of Advanced LIGO.
Searching for a stochastic background of gravitational waves with Advanced LIGO.
The Syracuse University Gravitational Wave Group is working to detect gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).
(Oct. 14, 2021)
The APS recognized Ballmer for his role in designing gravitational-wave detectors and interpreting their observations.
(June 12, 2020)
Using observations of neutron star collisions, Professor Duncan Brown will study the nature of matter.
(Jan. 29, 2020)
Physics department works to improve gravitational wave detection.
(Oct. 16, 2017)
Professors Saulson, Brown, Ballmer trace origins of gold and heavy metals to neutron star collisions
(Oct. 2, 2017)
Peter Saulson, Duncan Brown, and Stefan Ballmer played a lead role in the analysis of Gravitational wave signals as part of the multinational Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
(June 1, 2017)
Alex Nitz G'15 helped detect gravitational-wave signal with software he began developing at Syracuse
(May 17, 2017)
Syracuse physicist part of $600,000 grant to more accurately measure gravity
(Aug. 19, 2016)
Professors Duncan Brown, Stefan Ballmer use NSF grant to help recruit, train students from underrepresented groups
(June 15, 2016)
LIGO detects second pair of colliding black holes
(May 25, 2016)
Gravitational Wave Group honored for contributions to physics, astronomy
(Feb. 11, 2016)
LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes
(Feb. 11, 2016)
Everything you need to know about the "Theory of Everything"
(Feb. 11, 2016)
Finding coincides with 100th anniversary of Einstein's Theory of Relativity (VIDEO)
(Sept. 17, 2015)
Physicists participate in first run of new Advanced LIGO Detector, after five-year rebuild
(May 27, 2015)
Physics department has been leading the search for gravitational waves for more than 25 years
2006 Ph.D. in Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2000 Diploma in Physics, with honors in Theoretical Physics
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) - Zurich
Awards & Professional Honors
- Robert A. Millikan Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship for Experimental Astrophysics (2006), California Institute of Technology
- Honorable Mention, GWIC (Gravitational Wave International Committee) Thesis Prize (2006)
J. Abadie et.al. , "Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using LIGO S5 science data", Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 271102 (2012).
S. Ballmer, S. Marka, P. Shawhan, "Feasibility of measuring the Shapiro time delay over meter-scale distances", Class. Quantum Grav. 27 185018.
B. Abbott, et. al., “An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin” Nature 460 (2009) 990.
E. Thrane, S. Ballmer, J. D. Romano, S. Mitra, D. Talukder, S. Bose, V. Mandic, “Probing the anisotropies of a stochastic gravitational-wave background using a network of ground-based laser interferometers” Phys. Rev. D80, 122002 (2009).
M. Evans, S. Ballmer, M. Fejer, P. Fritschel, G. Harry, G. Ogin “Thermo-optic noise in coated mirrors for high-precision optical measurements” Phys. Rev. D78, 102003 (2008).