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  • Assistant Professor of Physics
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Education

  • BS in physics, University of Utah, 2001
  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2007

Biography

I work at the interface of gravitation theory, astrophysics, and computation. Most of my research is with the SXS collaboration, with which I was directly involved as a graduate student at Caltech, and as a postdoc at Cornell. We use supercomputers to solve Einstein's field equations of general relativity to model the collisions of black holes and neutron stars, which are important sources of gravitational waves. This modeling is crucial for detection of these waves, and for the eventual astrophysical interpretation of such detections. Modeling of these systems also provides a convenient testing ground for understanding more basic open questions about the nature of the classical gravitational field.

Notes

  • Robert Owen Receives Cottrell Scholar Award

    March 4, 2015

    Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Owen has been granted a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award will help support Owen's research on a project entitled, Spin and Horizon Multipoles in Numerical Relativity, and the Visualization of Dynamical Spacetimes.

News

Helping Kids Think Like Scientists

February 24, 2017
Poised in front of an audience in Wright Lecture Hall, Assistant Professor Robert Owen sprinkles sand on a vibrating plate. But instead of presenting to his usual audience of college students, 51 children fill the seats.

Weird Science at Oberlin

October 11, 2013
Not only does Oberlin excel in conventional scientific education and research, but it offers students an opportunity to study scientific subjects in unconventional and hands-on ways.