Ben Farr

KICP Associate fellow, McCormick Fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute
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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. "First search for gravitational waves from known pulsars with Advanced LIGO", arXiv:1701.07709 (Jan 2017)
  2. "Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo", Living Reviews in Relativity, Volume 19, Issue 1, article id. 1, 39 pp (Dec 2016)
  3. "Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run", arXiv:1612.02029 (Dec 2016)
  4. "Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves from Advanced LIGO's first observing run", arXiv:1612.02030 (Dec 2016)
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)
  8. "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)
  9. "Effects of waveform model systematics on the interpretation of GW150914", arXiv:1611.07531 (Nov 2016)
  10. "A Search for Kilonovae in the Dark Energy Survey", arXiv:1611.08052 (Nov 2016)
  11. "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)
  12. "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)
  13. "Improved Analysis of GW150914 Using a Fully Spin-Precessing Waveform Model", Physical Review X, Volume 6, Issue 4, id.041014 (Oct 2016)
  14. "Supplement: “Going the Distance: Mapping Host Galaxies of LIGO and Virgo Sources in Three Dimensions Using Local Cosmography and Targeted Follow-up” (2016, ApJL, 829, L15)", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 226, Issue 1, article id. 10, 8 pp. (2016) (Sep 2016)
  15. "Directly comparing GW150914 with numerical solutions of Einstein's equations for binary black hole coalescence", Physical Review D, Volume 94, Issue 6, id.064035 (Sep 2016)
  16. "Supplement: "Localization and Broadband Follow-up of the Gravitational-wave Transient GW150914" (2016, ApJL, 826, L13)", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 225, Issue 1, article id. 8, 15 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  17. "Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 33, Issue 13, article id. 134001 (2016) (Jul 2016)
  18. "Search for continuous gravitational waves from neutron stars in globular cluster NGC 6544", arXiv:1607.02216 (Jul 2016)
  19. "Exploring the Sensitivity of Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors", arXiv:1607.08697 (Jul 2016)
  20. "GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 24, id.241103 (Jun 2016)