Dr. Benjamin Lackey

Am Mühlenberg 1

14476 Potsdam-Golm

Dr. Benjamin Lackey

Dr. Benjamin Lackey

Dr. Benjamin Lackey


Senior Scientist


  • +49 331 567-7237


  • +49 331 567-7298



Main Focus

The focus of my research has been on measuring properties of neutron stars from gravitational-wave observations. This work includes:

- Waveform modeling for the inspiral and merger of binary neutron star and neutron-star-black-hole systems using results from numerical and analytical relativity.
- Reduced order modeling for accelerating waveform evaluation.
- Bayesian parameter estimation techniques to measure matter effects and the equation of state of neutron stars.

As part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, I have also worked on other projects including:

- Determining the impact of calibration errors on the significance of search pipelines.
- Calculating upper limits on the rates of BNS and NSBH mergers from Advanced LIGO data.

Links to my publications on INSPIRE and on the ADS database.

Curriculum Vitae

2016 - Present
Postdoc at AEI, Potsdam, Germany

2014 - 2016
Postdoc at Syracuse University, NY, USA

2012 - 2014
Postdoc at Princeton University, NJ, USA

2006 - 2012
PhD in physics at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI, USA

2002 - 2006
BS in physics at the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity
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