Gravitation

PI Quentin Bailey

Einstein’s theory of General Relativity offers a remarkable description of gravity as curved space and time.  Many of the consequences of this theory have been confirmed and some are used daily, such as the gravitational redshift effect on GPS satellite atomic clocks.  In 2015, the first observation of a gravitational wave from two inspiraling black holes occurred using the gravitational wave observatories as part of the worldwide LIGO-VIRGO collaboration.  This discovery won the nobel prize and the observations of these events has continued including a multimessenger event of two colliding neutron stars.


Embry-Riddle, Prescott faculty and student researchers are part of the LIGO-VIRGO collaboration and work on aspects of detecting and studying gravitational waves.  Faculty and students also study more broadly tests of the foundational principles of General Relativity, such as spacetime symmetries like Lorentz symmetry.  These tests include gravitational wave observation but also solar system tests like short-range gravity and lunar laser ranging.  One of the long-standing problems in gravity research is the connection between gravity and quantum field theory. Our faculty is actively working on this problem and in particular the relation between gravity and electromagnetism.   There are both theorists and experimentalists among the faculty at ERAU, Prescott.  Most faculty receive funding from the National Science Foundation and regularly publish articles in to journals, many with students involved. 

Research Dates

11/13/2018 to 11/13/2019

Researchers

  • Quentin Bailey
    Department
    Physics and Astronomy Department
    Degrees
    Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
    B.S., University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
  • Andri Gretarsson
    Department
    Physics and Astronomy Department
    Degrees
    Ph.D., M.S., Syracuse University
  • Brennan Hughey
    Department
    Physics and Astronomy Department
    Degrees
    Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    B.S., Hope College
  • Preston Jones
    Department
    Physics and Astronomy Department
    Degrees
    Ph.D., University of Nevada-Reno
    M.S., San Diego State University
    B.S., San Francisco State University
  • Michele Zanolin
    Department
    Physics and Astronomy Department
    Degrees
    Ph.D., Universita degli Studi di Parma

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