Ben Farr

KICP Associate fellow, McCormick Fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute
 
Contact Information
Email: farruchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
I am a McCormick Fellow in the Enrico Fermi Institute, at the University of Chicago. As a member of the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration, I co-develop the parameter estimation software that will be used to characterize compact binary mergers from their gravitational wave signatures. More generally I am interested in applying Bayesian forward-modeling techniques to astronomical data sets.
 
Talks, Lectures, & Workshops
 
KICP Publications
2017 | 2016 | 2015


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Effects of waveform model systematics on the interpretation of GW150914", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 34, Issue 10, article id. 104002 (2017) (May 2017)
  2. "First Search for Gravitational Waves from Known Pulsars with Advanced LIGO", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 839, Issue 1, article id. 12, 19 pp. (2017) (Apr 2017)
  3. "A Search for Kilonovae in the Dark Energy Survey", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 837, Issue 1, article id. 57, 15 pp. (2017) (Mar 2017)
  4. "Are LIGO's Black Holes Made From Smaller Black Holes?", arXiv:1703.06869 (Mar 2017)
  5. "Directional Limits on Persistent Gravitational Waves from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run", Physical Review Letters, Volume 118, Issue 12, id.121102 (Mar 2017)
  6. "Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run", Physical Review Letters, Volume 118, Issue 12, id.121101 (Mar 2017)
  7. "Exploring the sensitivity of next generation gravitational wave detectors", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 34, Issue 4, article id. 044001 (2017) (Feb 2017)
  8. "All-sky search for short gravitational-wave bursts in the first Advanced LIGO run", Physical Review D, Volume 95, Issue 4, id.042003 (Feb 2017)
  9. "First search for gravitational waves from known pulsars with Advanced LIGO", arXiv:1701.07709 (Jan 2017)
  10. "Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run", arXiv:1612.02029 (Dec 2016)
  11. "Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves from Advanced LIGO's first observing run", arXiv:1612.02030 (Dec 2016)
  12. "Upper Limits on the Rates of Binary Neutron Star and Neutron Star-Black Hole Mergers from Advanced LIGO’s First Observing Run", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 832, Issue 2, article id. L21, 15 pp. (2016) (Dec 2016)
  13. "Supplement: “The Rate of Binary Black Hole Mergers Inferred from Advanced LIGO Observations Surrounding GW150914” (2016, ApJL, 833, L1)", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 227, Issue 2, article id. 14, 11 pp. (2016) (Dec 2016)
  14. "The Rate of Binary Black Hole Mergers Inferred from Advanced LIGO Observations Surrounding GW150914", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 833, Issue 1, article id. L1, 8 pp. (2016) (Dec 2016)
  15. "Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts During the First Advanced LIGO Observing Run and Implications for the Origin of GRB 150906B", arXiv:1611.07947 (Nov 2016)
  16. "Effects of waveform model systematics on the interpretation of GW150914", arXiv:1611.07531 (Nov 2016)
  17. "A Search for Kilonovae in the Dark Energy Survey", arXiv:1611.08052 (Nov 2016)
  18. "First targeted search for gravitational-wave bursts from core-collapse supernovae in data of first-generation laser interferometer detectors", Physical Review D, Volume 94, Issue 10, id.102001 (Nov 2016)
  19. "Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data running on the EinsteinHome volunteer distributed computing project", Physical Review D, Volume 94, Issue 10, id.102002 (Nov 2016)
  20. "Improved Analysis of GW150914 Using a Fully Spin-Precessing Waveform Model", Physical Review X, Volume 6, Issue 4, id.041014 (Oct 2016)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Gravitational Wave Emulation Using Gaussian Process Regression", APS April Meeting 2017, abstract #X6.007 (Jan 2017)
  2. "Are LIGO's Black Holes Made from Smaller Black Holes?", APS April Meeting 2017, abstract #E5.009 (Jan 2017)