September, 2020: Bayesian inference for compact binary coalescences with BILBY: Validation and application to the first LIGO--Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalogue
(Romero-Shaw, Talbot, Biscoveanu, et al. accepted in Mon. Not. R. Ast. Soc.
September, 2020: Gravitational-wave inference in the catalog era: evolving priors and marginal events
(Galaudage, Talbot, Thrane) accepted in Phys. Rev. D.
September, 2020: GW190521: orbital eccentricity and signatures of dynamical formation in a binary black hole merger signal
(Romero-Shaw, Lasky, Thrane, Bustillo) posted on the arxiv.
September, 2020: Measuring the primordial gravitational-wave background in the presence of astrophysical foregrounds
(Biscoveanu, Talbot, Thrane, Smith) posted on the arxiv.
September, 2020: Toward the unambiguous identification of supermassive binary black holes through Bayesian inference
(Zhu, Thrane) published in ApJ
September, 2020: 'Impossible' black hole causes biggest collision ever detected by gravitational waves
featuring Monash PhD student Isobel Romero-Shaw.
There are two papers: GW190521: A Binary Black Hole Merger with a Total Mass of 150 M⚆
(published in Phys. Rev. Lett.) and Properties and Astrophysical Implications of the 150 M⚆ Binary Black Hole Merger GW190521
August, 2020: GW190412: Observation of a Binary-Black-Hole Coalescence with Asymmetric Masses
(LIGO/Virgo) published in Phys. Rev. D
August, 2020: A scalable random forest regressor for combining neutron-star equation of state measurements: A case study with GW170817 and GW190425
(Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, Lasky) posted on the arxiv.
July, 2020: The astrophysical odds of GW151216
(Ashton, Thrane) accepted for publication in MNRAS.
July, 2020: Is there a spectral turnover in the spin noise of millisecond pulsars?
(Goncharov, Zhu, Thrane) accepted in MNRAS.
May, 2020: Black hole genealogy: Identifying hierarchical mergers with gravitational waves
(Kimball, Talbot, Berry, Carney, Zevin, Thrane, Kalogera) accepted in Astrophys. J.
July, 2020: Neutron Star Extreme Matter Observatory: A kilohertz-band gravitational-wave detector in the global network
(OzGrav) posted on the arxiv.
June, 2020: GW190814: Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of a 23 Solar Mass Black Hole with a 2.6 Solar Mass Compact Object
(LIGO/Virgo) published in Astrophys. J. Lett.
June, 2020: Searching for anisotropy in the distribution of binary black hole mergers
(Payne, Banagiri, Lasky, Thrane) posted on the arxiv.
June, 2020: Memory Effect or Cosmic String? Classifying Gravitational-Wave Bursts with Bayesian Inference
(Divakarla, Thrane, Lasky, Whiting) published in Phys. Rev. D
June, 2020: Gravitational-wave astronomy with an uncertain noise power spectral density
(Talbot, Thrane) posted on the arxiv.
June, 2020: Inferring the population properties of binary black holes from unresolved gravitational waves
(Smith, Talbot, Hernandz Vivanco, Thrane) published in MNRAS
May, 2020: On the origin of GW190425
(Romero-Shaw, Farrow, Stevenson, Thrane, Zhu), published in MNRAS Lett
April, 2020: Constraining short gamma-ray burst jet properties with gravitational waves and gamma rays
(Biscoveanu, Thrane, Vitale) published in Astrophys. J
April, 2020: Ultra-relativistic astrophysics using multi-messenger observations of double neutron stars with LISA and the SKA
(Thrane, Osłowski, Lasky) published in MNRAS
April, 2020: Standard-siren cosmology using gravitational waves from binary black holes
(You, Zhu, Ashton, Thrane) posted on the arxiv.
January, 2020: Thanks for the memory: measuring gravitational-wave memory in the first LIGO/Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalog
(Hubner, Talbot, Lasky, Thrane) accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. D
. The paper was also featured in an article on space.com
January, 2020: GW190425: Observation of a Compact Binary Coalescence with Total Mass 3.4 M☉
(LIGO/Virgo) published in Astrophys. J. Lett
December, 2019: Ground-Based Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in Australia: 2019 White Paper
(Bailes et al.) posted on the arxiv.
December, 2019: Higher order gravitational-wave modes with likelihood reweighting
(Payne, Talbot, Thrane) published in Phys. Rev. D
December, 2019: Gravitational wave detection without boot straps: a Bayesian approach
(Ashton, Thrane, Smith) published in Phys. Rev. D
November, 2019: Measuring the neutron star equation of state with gravitational waves: the first forty binary neutron star mergers
(Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, Lasky, Talbot, Raymond) published in Phys. Rev. D
November, 2019: Searching for Eccentricity: Signatures of Dynamical Formation in the First Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalogue of LIGO and Virgo
(Romero-Shaw, Lasky, Thrane) published in MNRAS
September, 2019: Binary Black Hole Population Properties Inferred from the First and Second Observing Runs of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo
published in Astrophys. J. Lett
September, 2019: Parallelized Inference for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy
(Talbot, Smith, Thrane, Poole) published in Phys. Rev. D
September, 2019: GWTC-1: A Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog of Compact Binary Mergers Observed by LIGO and Virgo during the First and Second Observing Runs
published in Phys. Rev. X
August, 2019: Accelerated detection of the binary neutron star gravitational-wave background
(Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, and Lasky) published in Phys. Rev. D
May, 2019: Exploring the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors to neutron star physics
(Martynov et al.) published in Phys. Rev. D
May, 2019: We've detected new gravitational waves, we just don't know where they come from (yet)
with Tara Murphy and Qi Chu.
April, 2019: The mass distribution of Galactic double neutron stars
(Farrow, Zhu, and Thrane) published in The Astrophys. J.
March, 2019: Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using data from Advanced LIGO's first two observing runs
posted on the arxiv.
March, 2019: An introduction to Bayesian inference in gravitational-wave astronomy: parameter estimation, model selection, and hierarchical models
(Thrane and Talbot) published in PASA
I appeared in The Black Hole Hunters
produced by ABC Catalyst alongside fellow OzGrav members, David Blair and Carl Blair, with host, Tamara Davis.
February, 2019: Bilby: A user-friendly Bayesian inference library for gravitational-wave astronomy
(Ashton, et al.) accepted in the Astrophys. J. Supp
Filming for an upcoming program on black holes next to the OzStar computer.
(Credit: Amy Sherden)
November, 2018: The minimum and maximum gravitational-wave background from supermassive binary black holes
(Zhu, Cui, and Thrane) published in MNRAS
November, 2018: Measuring eccentricity in binary black hole inspirals with gravitational waves
(Lower, Thrane, Lasky, and Smith) published in Phys. Rev. D
September, 2018: Gravitational-wave memory: waveforms and phenomenology
(Talbot, Thrane, Lasky, and Lin) published in Phys. Rev. D
August, 2018: An all-sky radiometer for narrowband gravitational waves using folded data
(Goncharov and Thrane) accepted in Phys. Rev. D
July, 2018: Inferring the population properties of binary neutron stars with gravitational-wave measurements of spin
(Zhu, Thrane, Osłowski, Levin, and Lasky) published in Phys. Rev. D
June, 2018: The cosmic gravitational wave symphony | Sylvia Biscoveanu
May, 2018: A Search for Tensor, Vector, and Scalar Polarizations in the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
published in Phys. Rev. Lett
April, 2018: The optimal search for an astrophysical gravitational-wave background
(Smith and Thrane) published in Phys. Rev. X
See also: Viewpoint: Listening for the Cosmic Hum of Black Holes
April, 2018: Australian scientists pioneer new way to hear black holes colliding across the universe
with Sylvia Biscoveanu and Rory Smith (credit: ABC).
Here's what two black holes smashing into each other sounds like
(credit: The Age)
April, 2018: Measuring the binary black hole mass spectrum with an astrophysically motivated parameterization
(Talbot and Thrane) published in Astrophys. J.
Filming for an upcoming media release at the new OzStar supercomputer with Rory Smith and Sylvia Biscoveanu (credit: Yeshe Fenner).
March, 2018: Gravitational waves attract US talent
with Sylvia Biscoveanu.
December, 2017: Tests of General Relativity with the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
(Callister et al.) published in Phys. Rev X
October, 2017: Challenges testing the no-hair theorem with gravitational waves
(Thrane, Lasky, & Levin) accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. D
October, 2017: GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral
, A gravitational-wave standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant
, Gravitational Waves and Gamma-Rays from a Binary Neutron Star Merger: GW170817 and GRB 170817A
, GW170817: Implications for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Compact Binary Coalescences
, Search for post-merger gravitational waves from the remnant of the binary neutron star merger GW170817
October, 2017: Nobel Prize in Physics: Australians helped in gravitational waves research
An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize
with Yuri Levin and Paul Lasky. The Monash gravity team celebrates the 2017 Nobel Prize for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves...with cake (credit: Steve Morton).
July, 2017: Determining the population properties of spinning black holes
(Talbot & Thrane) published in Phys. Rev. D
Team OzGrav in official hoodies (credit: Agustin Schiffrin).
Posing with a Permian mesosaurus
(credit: Steve Morton).
Gravitational waves detected from GW1710104
: press release
, "A new discovery of gravitational waves has black holes in a spin"
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: 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
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
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
"The limits of astrophysics with gravitational wave backgrounds
" (with Callister et al.) published in Phys. Rev X
Chris Whittle featured in The Australian
"Astronomers excited by 2nd gravitational wave discovery
" on ABC News Breakfast.
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
nomination photo for a Faculty of Science teaching award with Theo Hughes, Michael Morgan, and Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway.
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.
I am proud to share the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
with my LIGO-Virgo colleagues!
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.
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.
"Gravitational-wave cosmology across 29 decades in frequency
" (with Lasky et al.) published in Phys. Rev. X
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
Open Day at Monash (credit: Steve Morton)!
LIGO S6 data is publicly available here
"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
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
I have joined the Physics
faculty at Monash University
in Melbourne, Australia.