Eric Thrane

I'm a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the School of Physics and Astronomy where I study cosmology, astrophysics, and gravitational waves. I hold an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and I am a Chief Investigator for OzGrav: the ARC Centre for Gravitational-wave Discovery. I am the OzGrav Node Leader for Monash University. Previously, I was a senior postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. From 2011-2017, I served as co-chair the LIGO stochastic data analysis group.

Office: 19 Rainforest Walk, #143A
Tel: 0399-020-393
Curriculum Vitae
Physics Resources
Monash/LIGO/Caltech Links
"Massai Red"

Internal LIGO Page
LIGO Hardware-Injection Page
Photos from LHO
Photos from Super-K
Super-K Links
Monash Physics & Astronomy Facebook
Monash Gravity Wiki on GitHub
my google scholar page
my LIGO wiki

Recent News

May, 2017: Gravitational Waves from Orphan Memory (McNeill, Thrane, Lasky) published in Phys. Rev. Lett. See also this popular science articles in New Scientist, Science Alert, Eureka Alert, and Gizmodo.

April, 2017: Determining the population properties of spinning black holes (Talbot & Thrane) posted on the arxiv.

April, 2017: Tests of General Relativity with the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background (Callister et al.) posted on the arxiv.

April, 2017: Suspending test masses in terrestrial millihertz gravitational-wave detectors: a case study with a magnetic assisted torsion pendulum (Thrane, Anderson, Levin, Turner) published in Class. Quant. Grav.

April, 2017: Validating gravitational-wave detections: The Advanced LIGO hardware injection system (Biwer et al.) published in Phys. Rev. D.

March, 2017: Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run (LIGO/Virgo) and Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves from Advanced LIGO's first observing run (LIGO/Virgo) published for publication in PRL: isotropcic, directional.

November, 2016: Gravitational waves featured on "Beyond the Lab" (featuring yours truly and Janna Levin among others).

October, 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysics: new OzGrav positions open at Monash.

October, 2016: "Subtraction of correlated noise in global networks of gravitational-wave interferometers" (with Coughlin et al.) published in CQG.

September 2016: I am delighted to be part of The ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)! Established at the Swinburne University of Technology, OzGrav will explore the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, inspiring the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers. Researchers at this Centre, led by Professor Matthew Bailes, will build on decades of Australian investment in gravitational wave and pulsar science, coalescing research activities into a focused national programme.

August 2016: "Detecting gravitational-wave memory with LIGO: implications of GW150914" (P D Lasky, E Thrane, Y Levin, J Blackman, and Y Chen) published as an Editors' Suggestion in Phys. Rev. Lett.

August, 2016: "The limits of astrophysics with gravitational wave backgrounds" (with Callister et al.) published in Phys. Rev X.

June, 2016: Chris Whittle featured in The Australian (pay wall).

June, 2016: "Astronomers excited by 2nd gravitational wave discovery" on ABC News Breakfast.

June, 2016: LIGO observes another binary black hole: "GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence." Read Paul Lasky's take on the discovery in The Conversation.

May, 2016: nomination photo for a Faculty of Science teaching award with Theo Hughes, Michael Morgan, and Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway.

May, 2016: ARC interview for OzGrav: Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (with Daniel Shaddock, David McClelland, Matthew Bailes, Susan Scott, Peter Veitch, Aleksander Subic, and Tania Bezzobs.

May, 2016: I am proud to share the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with my LIGO-Virgo colleagues!

April, 2016: Congratulations, Dr Letizia Sammut!

February, 2016: "Gravitational wave discovered" (a public talk with Yuri Levin).

February, 2016: "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger." LIGO detects gravitational waves. The Monash LIGO team is featured in the Sydney Morning Herald. ("Einstein GW150914" by Brynley Pearlston.)

See also: "GW150914: Implications for the stochastic gravitational wave background from binary black holes" published in Phys. Rev. Lett. For some lighter media coverage of GW150914, here's my cameo on The Project.

December, 2015: I have been awarded a 2015 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for "Gravitational-wave astronomy: detection and beyond."

December, 2015: "Detectability of gravitational waves from high-redshift binaries" (Rosado et al.) published in Phys. Rev. Lett.

November, 2015: "Gravitational-wave cosmology across 29 decades in frequency" (with Lasky et al.) published in Phys. Rev. X.

November, 2015: A busy month for physics media! I appeared with Paul Lasky on The Science Show with Robyn Williams. Later in the month, I appeared on Catalyst to speak about gravitational waves.

October, 2015: "Detecting gravitational-wave transients at five sigma: a hierarchical approach" (Thrane and Coughlin) published in Phys. Rev. Lett.

October, 2015: Takaaki Kajita wins the Nobel Prize in Physics.

October, 2015: Gravitational waves on Science Cafe: my appearance on the Young Scientists of Australia podcast.

September, 2015: Mock data and science challenge for detecting an astrophysical stochastic gravitational-wave background with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo published in Phys. Rev. D.

July, 2015: Open Day at Monash (credit: Steve Morton)!

June, 2015: LIGO S6 data is publicly available here.

June, 2015: "Gravitational wave explorer seeks light of merging dead stars" appears in Monash Memo.

June, 2015: All-sky, narrowband, gravitational-wave radiometry with folded data (Thrane, Mitra, Christensen, Mandic, and Ain) published in Phys. Rev. D.

May, 2015: Cool picture taken as I was leaving the Physics & Astronomy building (credit: Steve Morton):

May, 2015: Detecting very long-lived gravitational-wave transients lasting hours to weeks (Thrane, Mandic, and Christensen) published in Phys. Rev. D.

March, 2015: The detectability of eccentric compact binary coalescences with advanced gravitational-wave detectors (M Coughlin, P Meyers, E Thrane, J Luo, and N Christensen) published in Phys. Rev. D.

February, 2015: Searching for stochastic gravitational waves using data from the two co-located LIGO Hanford detectors (LIGO & Virgo) is to be featured as part of the Phys. Rev. D Kaleidoscope.

January, 2015: I have joined the Physics faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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More About Me

Before coming to Monash, I was first, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota working with Prof Vuk Mandic and then, a senior postdoctoral scholar at Caltech where I worked in Alan Weinstein's group. My research interests include gravitational waves, astrophysics, cosmology, neutrinos, and particle physics. I received my PhD in 2008 from the University of Washington where I studied astrophysical neutrino point sources with Super-Kamiokande under the supervision of Prof R. Jeffrey Wilkes. I received my BS in 2003 from the University of Michigan where I worked for CDF and on the development of flat electron beams for use in the proposed ILC.