Texas Tech University

Benjamin Owen, Ph.D

Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Email: Benjamin.J.Owen@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0231

Office: 11 Science Building

Benjamin Owen

Brief Bio

2016 Special Breakthrough Prize (as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)
2015 faculty at Texas Tech
2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society
2002 faculty at Penn State
2000 postdoc at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
1998 postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
1998 Clauser Prize for Doctoral Thesis of the Year, Caltech
1998 PhD from Caltech, Advisor: Kip Thorne
1993 BS from Sonoma State University

Research Interests

I have made many fundamental contributions to gravitational wave theory and data analysis during and before the 22 years I was in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. These days I focus on searching for continuous gravitational waves with my own group and small collaborations. I sometimes do a little neutron star theory on the side.

Selected Publications

  • L. Lindblom and B. J. Owen, "Directed searches for continuous gravitational waves from twelve supernova remnants in data from Advanced LIGO's second observing run," Phys. Rev. D 101, 083023 (2020)
  • B. P. Abbott, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), "GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves From a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral," Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 161101 (2017)
  • B. P. Abbott, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), "Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger," Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2016)
  • N. K. Johnson-McDaniel and B. J. Owen, "Maximum elastic deformations of relativistic stars," Phys. Rev. D 88, 044004 (2013)
  • J. Abadie, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), "Search for gravitational wave bursts from six magnetars," Astrophys. J. 734, L35 (2011)
  • N. K. Johnson-McDaniel, N. Yunes, W. Tichy, and B. J. Owen, "Conformally curved binary black hole data including tidal deformations and outgoing radiation," Phys. Rev. D 80, 124039 (2009)
  • L. Lindblom, B. J. Owen, and D. A. Brown, "Model waveform accuracy standards for gravitational wave data analysis," Phys. Rev. D 78, 124020 (2008)
  • B. J. Owen, "Maximum elastic deformations of compact stars with exotic equations of state," Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 211101 (2005)
  • B. J. Owen, L. Lindblom, C. Cutler, B. F. Schutz, A. Vecchio, and N. Andersson, "Gravitational waves from hot young rapidly rotating neutron stars," Phys. Rev. D 58, 084020 (1998)
  • B. J. Owen, "Search templates for gravitational waves from inspiraling binaries: Choice of template spacing," Phys. Rev. D 53, 6749 (1996)

Curriculum Vitae

My long CV is usually up to date.

Department of Physics and Astronomy