Texas Tech University

Joseph D. Romano, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Email: Joseph.D.Romano@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6522

Office: 26 Science Building

Ph.D. Physics, Syracuse University, 1991

M.S. Physics, Syracuse University, 1987

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1985

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Research Interests

Gravitational wave data analysis, with specialization to the detection of a stochastic background of gravitational radiation using data from ground-based or space-based interferometers or pulsar timing arrays.  Co-chair of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration Stochastic Sources Analysis Group from 2000-2006 and 2018-present.  Prior research experience in fundamental problems in classical and quantum gravity.

Selected Publications

Benacquista, M.J. & Romano, J.D., Classical Mechanics, Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics, Springer International Publishing AG (2018). [Link]

Romano, J.D. & Cornish, N.J., "Detection methods for stochastic gravitational-wave backgrounds: a unified treatment," Living Rev Relativ (2017), 20:2. doi:10.1007/s41114-017-0004-1. [Link]

Jenet, F.A. and Romano, J.D., "Understanding the gravitational-wave Hellings and Downs curve for pulsar timing arrays in terms of sound and electromagnetic waves," Am. J. Phys. 83 (7), 635-645 (2015).

Romano, J.D., Taylor, S.R., Cornish, N.J., Gair, J., Mingarelli, C.M.F., and van Haasteren, R., "Phase-coherent mapping of gravitational-wave backgrounds using ground-based laser interferometers," Phys. Rev. D 92, 042003 (2015).

Cornish, N.J. and Romano J.D., "When is a gravitational-wave signal stochastic?" Phys. Rev. D 92, 042001 (2015).

Gair, J., Romano, J.D., Taylor, S., and Mingarelli, C.M.F., "Mapping gravitational-wave backgrounds using CMB analysis: Application to pulsar timing arrays," Phys. Rev. D, 90, 082001 (2014).

Thrane, E. and Romano J.D., "Sensitivity curves for searches for gravitational-wave backgrounds," Phys. Rev. D 88, 124032 (2013).

Cornish, N.J. and Romano J.D., "Towards a unified treatment of gravitational-wave data analysis," Phys. Rev. D 87, 122003 (2013).

Thrane, E., Ballmer, S., Romano, J.D., Mitra, S., Talukder, D., Bose, S., and Mandic, V., "Probing the anisotropies of a stochastic gravitational-wave background using a network of ground-based laser interferometers," Phys. Rev.  D 80, 122002 (2009).

Allen, B. and Romano, J.D., "Detecting a stochastic background of gravitational radiation: Signal processing strategies and sensitivities,'' Phys. Rev. D 59, 102001 (1999).