Eanna Flanagan

Edward L. Nichols Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy


General relativity, structure of singularities, radiation reaction of point particles; theoretical astrophysics; gravitational wave astronomy; early Universe cosmology and extra dimensions, brane world cosmology; dark energy, modifications of general relativity; semi-classical gravity, black hole evaporation

Research Focus

My research group works on the physics of strong gravitational fields.  We develop quantitative models of processes involving neutron stars, black holes, and the early Universe, which will be useful when compared with data from gravitational wave detectors like the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).  Other research topics include the exploration of models of the early Universe involving extra dimensions and membranes, and models of the recent acceleration of the Universe involving modifications of general relativity.

Graduate Students
Ibrahim Shehzad

Kartik Prabhu


1. E. E. Flanagan, An order-unity correction to Hawking radiation, submitted to Physical Review Letters, arXiv:2102.04930.

2. E. E. Flanagan, Infrared effects in the late stages of black hole evaporation, submitted to Journal of High Energy Physics, arXiv:2102.13629.

3. É. É. Flanagan, D.A. Nichols, Conserved charges of the extended Bondi-Metzner-Sachs algebra, Phys. Rev. D 95, 044002 (2017).

4. A.I. Harte, É. É. Flanagan, P.Taylor, Self-forces on static bodies in arbitrary dimensions, Phys. Rev. D 93, 124054 (2016).

5. T. Hinderer, É. É. Flanagan, Transient resonances in the inspirals of point particles into black holes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 071102 (2012).

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