Ph.D. Theses
Year  Ph.D. Student  Advisor  Title 

2019  Henry S. Grasshorn Gebhardt  Donghui Jeong  In pursuit of optimal clustering analysis with emission line surveys 
2019  Shintaro Nishikawa  Nigel Higson  Direct splitting method for the BaumConnes conjecture and groups acting on CAT(0)cubical spaces 
2019  Angel Roman  Nigel Higson  Mackey bijection for some reductive groups and continuous fields of reduced C*algebras 
2019  Matthew Rosenberg  Miguel Mostafa  A Search for Very High Energy Photons from GammaRay Bursts with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory 
2019  Monica SeglarArroyo  Miguel Mostafa  Searching for the origin of extragalactic cosmic rays: Multimessenger studies with VHE gammaray instruments 
2019  Guang Yang  Neil Brandt  What drives the growth of black holes? 
2018  Bekir Baytas  Sarah Shandera  Correlations in Quantum Gravity and Cosmology 
2018  AnneSylvie Deutsch  Sarah Shandera  Cosmic Variance in Cosmology: From Inflation to Today’s Largest Scales 
2018  Lucas Hackl  Eugenio Bianchi  Aspects of Gaussian States: Entanglement, Squeezing and Complexity 
2018  Moupiya Maji  Yuexing Li  Illuminating the Star Clusters and Dwarf Galaxies by Multiscale Baryonic Simulations 
2017  Beatrice Bonga  Abhay Ashtekar  Gravitational Radiation with a Positive Cosmological Constant 
2017  Joanna Bridge  Caryl Gronwall  Using Emission Lines to Characterize Galaxy Properties: From the Nearby to the Distant Universe 
2017  Umut Buyukcam  Martin Bojowald  Application of Canonical Effective Methods to BackgroundIndependent Theories 
2017  Alex Hagen  Robin Ciardullo  A Study in Lymanalpha 
2017  Lea Hagen  Caryl Gronwall  Swift/UVOT Observations in Star Formation and Dust Attenuation in both Local and High Redshift Galaxies 
2017  Nicholas Senno  Peter Meszaros  Towards an Understanding of the Source of VeryHighEnergy Astrophysical Neutrinos 
2016  Saroj Adhikari  Sarah Shandera  Effects of Primordial nonGaussianity in the CMB and the Large Scale Structure 
2016  Aruna Kesavan  Abhay Ashtekar  Asymptotic Structure of SpaceTime with a Positive Cosmological Constant 
2016  Ehssan Khanmohammadi  Nigel Higson  Quantization of Coadjoint Orbits via Positivity of Kirillov’s Character Formula 
2016  Qirong Zhu  Yuexing Li  Formation of Disk Galaxies in CDM Using ParticleBased Hydrodynamics 
2015  Pichkitti Bannangkoon  Nigel Higson  C*algebras in Kirillov Theory 
2015  Suddhasattwa Brahma  Martin Bojowald  Effective Methods for Quantum Theories 
2015  Matthew Dunkman  Tyce DeYoung  Measurement of Atmospheric Muon Neutrino Disappearance with IceCubeDeepCore 
2015  Karan Govil  Murat Gunaydin  Algebraic Aspects of Higher Spin Symmetry 
2015  David Hollander  Irina Mocioiu  Flavor Oscillations with Sterile Neutrinos and In Dense Neutrino Environments 
2015  Elliot Nelson  Sarah Shandera  Nongaussian Statistics as a Probe of the Early Universe 
2015  Guangzhong Peng  Nigel Higson  Quantization of Affine Coadjoint Orbits 
2015  Kathryn Sparks Woodle  Tyce DeYoung  A Likelihood Search for Very HighEnergy GammaRay Bursts with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory 
2015  Mouyuan Sun  
2015  Warren Wright  Irina Mocioiu  The Phenomenology of Nonstandard Neutrino Interactions at Large Neutrino Detectors 
2014  Olaf Engelund  Radu Roiban  New Applications of OnShell Methods in Quantum Field Theory 
2014  Shan Gao  Peter Meszaros  High Energy Neutrinos from Gammaray Bursts: Recent Observations and Models 
2014  Qingjun Jin  Radu Roiban  Conformal Deformations of N=4 Sym 
2013  Tyler Anderson  Stephane Coutu  Exploring the Cosmic Ray Spectrum with the CREAM Experiment 
2013  Shihho Cheng  Paul Sommers  A Search for UltraHigh Energy Neutron Point Sources with the AUGER Surface Detector 
2013  Ryan McKeown  Radu Roiban  Perturbative and NonPerturbative Approaches to the Quantum Ads5xs5 Superstring 
2013  George Paily  Martin Bojowald  Deformed General Relativity and Effective Actions in Quantum Gravity 
2013  David Simpson  Martin Bojowald  Effective Equations of Cosmological Models in (loop) Quantum Gravity 
2013  Casey Tomlin  Martin Bojowald  The Quantum Constraint Algebra in Toy Models of Canonical Gravity 
2012  Miguel Campiglia  Abhay Ashtekar  Topics in Black Holes and Quantum Cosmology 
2012  Adrienne Criss  Paul Sommers  Atmospheric Effects on Events Measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory Surface Detector 
2011  Gerardo Giordano  Irina Mocioiu  Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in the IceCube DeepCore Array 
2011  Adam Henderson  Abhay Ashtekar  Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Window into the Path Integral Representation of Quanum Gravity 
2011  Nathan JohnsonMcDaniel  Ben Owen  Gravitational Waves and the Deformation of Compact Objects: Topics in Relativistic Astrophysics 
2011  Douglas Rutledge  Doug Cowen  A Search for NeutrinoInduced Electromagnetic Showers in the 2008 Combined IceCube and AMANDA Detectors 
2011  Artur Tsobanjan  Martin Bojowald  Semiclassical Analysis of Quantum Systems with Constraints 
2011  Edward WilsonEwing  Abhay Ashtekar  Loop Quantum Cosmology: Anisotropies and Inhomogeneities 
2010  David Sloan  Abhay Ashtekar  Loop Quantum Cosmology and the Early Universe 
2010  Deepak Vaid  Stephon Alexander  The Cosmological Constant Problem and Many Body Physics: An Investigation 
2009  Tanja Bode  Deirdre Shoemaker  The Robustness of Binary Black Hole Mergers and Waveforms 
2009  Jim Healy  Pablo Laguna  The Final State from Generic Binary Black Hole Coalescence: Mass, Spin and Gravitational Recoil 
2009  Juan Reyes  Martin Bojowald  Spherically Symmetric Loop Quantum Gravity: Connections to TwoDimensional Models and Applications to Gravitational Collapse 
2009  Victor Taveras  Abhay Ashtekar  Loop Gravity: An Application and an Extension 
2009  Shaun Wood  Pablo Laguna  Curvature Scalar Diagnostics and Progress on a ChernSimons Initial Value Formulation 
2008  Eloisa Bentivegna  Deirdre Shoemaker  Ringing in Unison: Exploring Black Hole Coalescence with Quasinormal Modes 
2008  Mikhail Kagan  Martin Bojowald  Quantum Cosmology and Structure Formation in the Universe 
2008  Birjoo Vaishnav  Deirdre Shoemaker  Gravitational Waves from Intermediate Mass Binary Black Holes: First Steps Toward Using Numerical Relativity Waveforms for LIGO Data Analysis 
2008  Nicolas Yunes  Ben Owen  At The Interface: Gravitational Waves as Tools to Test Quantum Gravity and Probe the Astrophysical Universe 
2007  Abraham Harte  Pablo Laguna  Mechanics of Isolated Extended Bodies in Classical Field Theories 
2007  Mohit Nayyar  Ben Owen  Periodic Gravitational Radiation from Neutron Stars with Exotic Matter 
2006  Jonathan Engle  Abhay Ashtekar  Black Hole Entropy, Constraints, and Symmetry in Quantum Gravity 
2006  Amber Stuver  Sam Finn  Burst Gravitational Wave Data Analysis Methods: Design, Development and Comparison 
2006  Tiffany Summerscales  Sam Finn  Gravitational Wave Astronomy with LIGO: From Data to Science 
2006  Kevin Vandersloot  Abhay Ashtekar  Loop Quantum Cosmology 
2006  David Whitbeck  Ben Owen  Observational Consequences of Gravitational Wave Emission from Spinning Compact Sources 
2005  Chris Van Den Broeck  Abhay Ashtekar  Black Holes and Neutron Stars: Fundamental and Phenomenological Issues 
2004  Ph.D. Student  Advisor  Title 
2004  Josh Willis  Abhay Ashtekar  On the LowEnergy Ramifications and a Mathematical Extension of Loop Quantum Gravity 
2003  Bernard Kelly  Pablo Laguna  The Next Generation of Binary Black Hole HeadOn Collisions, and their Aftermath 
2003  Kenneth Smith  Pablo Laguna  Dynamic Singularity Excision in Numerical Relativity 
2002  David Garrison  Jorge Pullin, Pablo Laguna  Testing Binary Black Hole Codes in Strong Field Regimes 
2002  Badri Krishnan  Abhay Ashtekar  Isolated Horizons in Numerical Relativity 
2002  Yi Ling  Lee Smolin  Extending Loop Quantum Gravity to Supergravity 
2002  Jacek Wisniewski  Abhay Ashtekar  2+1 General Relativity: Classical and Quantum 
2001  Ramon LopezAleman  Jorge Pullin  Evolving Particle Trajectories Perturbatively around Rotating Black Holes in the Time Domain 
2001  Stephen Fairhurst  Abhay Ashtekar  Isolated horizons and distorted black holes 
2001  Olaf Dreyer  Abhay Ashtekar  Isolated Horizons and Black Hole Entropy 
2000  Chris Beetle  Abhay Ashtekar  Isolated Horizons and Black Hole Mechanics 
2000  Dan Cartin  Lee Smolin  Selfregulated Models of Str Formation in Flocculent Galaxies 
2000  Sameer Gupta  Lee Smolin  not available 
2000  Gaurav Khanna  Jorge Pullin  Black Hole Coalescence: the Close Limit 
1999  Kirill Krasnov  Abhay Ashtekar  Postscript, PDF 
1999  Eli Hawkins  Lee Smolin  Perturbative Noncommutative Regularization 
1997  Alejandro Corichi  Abhay Ashtekar  Interplay Between Topology, Gauge Fields And Gravity 
1997  Seth Major  Lee Smolin  qQuantum Gravity 
1997  Nuno Dias  Jorge Pullin  The Dynamics Of Quantum Gravity: A Proposal 
1996  Monica Pierri  Abhay Ashtekar  Probing 
1996  Quantum General Relativity Through Exactly Soluble MidiSuperspaces  
1996  Troy Schilling  Abhay Ashtekar  Geometry Of Quantum Mechanics 
This Week’s Seminars

Monday, Primordial Universe and Gravity (PUG) Discussions, 2:30 PM
Speaker(s): No Speaker this week.
Title: 
Tuesday, International Loop Quantum Gravity Seminar, 10:00 AM
(Meets every other week)
Speaker(s): Hal Haggard, Bard College
Title: Arbitrary Precision Quantization of the Volume of the Simplest Grain of Space 
Friday, Special HEPAP/CPGA Seminar, 1:30 PM
Speaker(s): Christophe Royon, The University of Kansas
Title: Diffraction at the LHC and the EIC: From soft to hard diffraction 
Friday, Cosmology/Fundamental Theory Seminar, 9:30 AM
Speaker(s): Pedro Espino, PSU
Title: The fate of twin stars on the unstable branch
Current News
Shandera appointed director of Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
The Internal Advisory Board of the Penn State Institute for
Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC)
has selected Sarah Shandera, associate professor of
physics, as the IGC’s new director.