Dan Stinebring

  • Emeritus Professor of Physics


  • BA, Williams College, 1976
  • MS, Cornell University, 1978
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1982


Dan Stinebring earned a bachelor’s degree at Williams College and a doctorate at Cornell University. He has been a faculty member-researcher at Oberlin for more than 25 years. He involves students in much of his research, which includes astrophysics, radio astronomy, pulsars, and ISM.

Research interests include astrophysics, radio astronomy, pulsars, ISM

Senior member of NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves), a collaboration of astronomers and physicists from the United States and Canada working to detect and study very low frequency (about nanohertz) gravitational waves.

NANOGrav was founded in October 2007 and has since grown to more than 60 members from more than a dozen institutions. NANOGrav members have been awarded over $10M in competitive scientific grants and awards to perform NANOGrav-related research at their institutions.

  • Jacob Turner ’17, "Improving the Sensitivity of a Pulsar Timing Array: Correcting for Interstellar Scattering Delays"
  • Courtney Epstein ’08, "Through a Glass Darkly: Pulsar Imaging by the Interstellar Medium"
  • Dan Hemberger ’07, "Gravitational Waves, Pulsars, and Interstellar Scattering"
  • Alex Hill ’04, "Probing the Interstellar Medium on AU Size Scales Using Pulsar Scintillation
  • Dan Reeves ’03, "Pulsar Scintillation and the Interstellar Medium"
  • Kate Becker ’01 "Time Variability of Scintillation Structure in Pulsar Secondary Spectra Over Twenty Years"
  • Mark Kramer ’01, "The Parabolic Arc Phenomenon in Scintillation from the Pulsar PSR 1133+16"


Dan Stinebring's collaboration wins NSF award to create Physics Frontier Center

April 2, 2015

Dan Stinebring is a senior member of NANOGrav, a research group searching for low-frequency gravitational waves. The National Science Foundation has awarded NANOGrav $14.5 million over five years to create and operate a Physics Frontier Center. The project will focus on the direct detection of low-frequency gravitational waves, which are produced by orbiting supermassive black holes and exotic changes in the early universe.

Stinebring will play a critical role in the project by using methods and analysis to remove interstellar delays of distant pulsars. Read the full article, Chasing Cosmic Waves.


Exploring Interstellar Waves

October 12, 2020

Jakob Faber ’21 explored ways to broaden the scope of branched flow with the goal of introducing work that has been done in radio astronomy and radio geophysics into the field.