Eric H. Thrane

I'm a Lecturer at Monash University. Previously, I was a senior postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. I am Co-Chair of the LIGO stochastic data analysis group.

Office: West Bridge 355
Tel: (626) 395-8514
Curriculum Vitae
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Recent News

January, 2015: I have joined the Physics faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

December, 2014: Improved Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from 2009-2010 LIGO and Virgo Data (LIGO & Virgo) published in Physical Review Letters.

December, 2014: Searching for stochastic gravitational waves using data from the two co-located LIGO Hanford detectors (LIGO & Virgo) accepted for publication in Physical Review D.

November, 2014: Estimates of maximum energy density of cosmological gravitational-wave backgrounds (J. T. Giblin Jr. and E. Thrane) published in Physical Review D.

October, 2014: Detecting compact binary coalescences with seedless clustering (M. Coughlin, E. Thrane, and N. Christensen) published in Physical Review D.

August, 2014: Method for estimation of gravitational-wave transient model parameters in frequency-time maps (M. Coughlin, N. Christensen, J. Gair, S. Kandhasamy, and E. Thrane) published in Classical and Quantum Gravity.

July, 2014: Correlated noise in networks of gravitational-wave detectors: subtraction and mitigation (E. Thrane, N. Christensen, R. Schofield, and A. Effler) published in Physical Review D.

June, 2014: Measuring neutron-star ellipticity with measurements of the stochastic gravitational-wave background (D. Talukder, E. Thrane, S. Bose, and T. Regimbau) published in Physical Review D.

April, 2014: Statistical properties of astrophysical gravitational-wave backgrounds (D. Meacher, E. Thrane, and T. Regimbau) published in Physical Review D.

March, 2014: Seedless clustering in all-sky searches for gravitational-wave transients (E. Thrane & M. Coughlin) published in Physical Review D.

December, 2013: Search for long-lived gravitational-wave transients coincident with long gamma-ray bursts (LIGO & Virgo) published in Physical Review D. The outreach abstract is here. (Click on the link at the bottom to listen to different gravitational waveforms.)

November, 2013: Sensitivity curves for searches for gravitational-wave backgrounds (E Thrane & J D Romano) published in Physical Review D. As part of this work, we have posted publicly available code to make "power-law integrated curves."

October, 2013: Searching for gravitational-wave transients with a qualitative signal model: seedless clustering strategies (E. Thrane & M. Coughlin) published in Physical Review D.

July, 2013: I delivered a 90-minute lecture "Persistent Sources of Gravitational Waves" at the 2013 Caltech Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics School (CGWAS). You can see the slides for my lecture here.

June, 2013: Correlated magnetic noise in global networks of gravitational-wave interferometers: observations and implications (E. Thrane, N. Christensen, and R. Schofield) published in Physical Review D.

January, 2013: Measuring the non-Gaussian stochastic gravitational-wave background: a method for realistic interferometer data (E. Thrane) published in Physical Review D.

November, 2012: Gravitational Waves from Fallback Accretion onto Neutron Stars (T. Piro & E. Thrane) published in The Astrophysical Journal.

September, 2012: Parameter Estimation in Searches for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background (V. Mandic, E. Thrane, S. Giampanis, and T. Regimbau) published in Physical Review Letters.

Summer, 2012: I've started a new position at Caltech.

April, 2012: Upper limits on a stochastic gravitational-wave background using LIGO and Virgo interferometers at 600-1000 Hz published in Physical Review D. The outreach abstract is here.

March, 2012: Identification of noise artifacts in searches for long-duration gravitational-wave transients (T. Prestegard, E. Thrane, et al.) published in Classical and Quantum Gravity.
With co-author, Tanner Prestegard, and a complementary issue of Classical and Quantum Gravity.

December, 2011: Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using LIGO S5 science data published in Physical Review Letters. The associated outreach abstract is here.

November, 2011: Jeff Mondloch and I appear in the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Research Spotlight.

August, 2011: Identification of long-duration noise transients in LIGO and Virgo published in Classical and Quantum Gravity.

May, 2011: I presented "Searches for a stochastic background of gravitational waves" at the April APS meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Feb, 2011: STAMP method/motivation paper, "Long gravitational-wave transients and associated detection strategies for a network of terrestrial interferometers," (E. Thrane, S. Kandhasamy, C. D. Ott, et al.) published in Physical Review D.

August, 2010: The first STAMP-PEM data-quality flag (for the identification of airplane-induced corruption of interferometer data) is implemented.

July, 2010: "Calibration of the LIGO Gravitational Wave Detectors in the Fifth Science Run" (J. Abadie et al.) published in NIMA.

December, 2009: "Probing the anisotropies of a stochastic gravitational-wave background using a network of ground-based laser interferometers" (E. Thrane, S. Ballmer, J. D. Romano, S. Mitra, D. Talukder, S. Bose, & V. Mandic) has been published in Physical Review D.

September, 2009: "Search for Astrophysical Neutrino Point Sources at Super-Kamiokande" (E. Thrane et al.) published in the Astrophysical Journal.

March, 2009: "Search for Neutrinos from GRB 080319B at Super-Kamiokande" (E. Thrane et al.) published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Old News

More About Me

Before coming to Caltech, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota working with Prof. Vuk Mandic. My research interests include gravitational waves, astrophysics, cosmology, neutrinos, and particle physics. I received my PhD in 2008 from the University of Washington where I studied astrophysical neutrino point sources with Super-Kamiokande under the supervision of Prof. R. Jeffrey Wilkes. I received my BS in 2003 from the University of Michigan where I worked for CDF and on the development of flat electron beams for use in the proposed ILC.