Office Hours (Spring 2015)


and by appointment


Artist's impression of gravitational waves from two orbiting black holes. [Image: T. Carnahan (NASA GSFC)]

Artist's impression of gravitational waves from two orbiting black holes. [Image: T. Carnahan (NASA GSFC)]


Paul T. Baker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Physics & Astronomy

ISC 231
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Paul Baker

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. Montana State University
  • M.S. Montana State University
  • B.A. Reed College

Research Interests

Gravitational Wave Data Analysis - LIGO

Bayesian Statistics

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Selected Recent Publications:

  • P.T. Baker, S. Caudill, K.A. Hodge, D. Talukder, C. Capano, and N.J. Cornish; Multivariate Classification with Random Forests for Gravitational Wave Searches of Black Hole Binary Coalescence. (2014). arXiv:1412.6479
  • The LIGO Scientific Collaboration: Aasi, et al; The search for gravitational wave ringdowns from perturbed intermediate mass black holes in LIGO-Virgo data from 2005-2010. Phys. Rev. D 89, 102006 (2014). arXiv:1403.5306
  • D. Talukder, S. Bose, S. Caudill, and P.T. Baker; Improved Coincident and Coherent Detection Statistics for Searches for Gravitational Wave Ringdown Signals. Phys. Rev. D 88, 122002 (2013). arXiv:1310.2341
Spring 2015 Classes

PHYS 115:
General Physics II

    Continuation of General Physics I: Electricity, magnetism, light, and atomic and nuclear phenomena. Prerequisites: PHYS 113/114 or permission of department. Corequisite: PHYS 116. Offered every spri
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PHYS 126:
Analytical Physics II Lab

    An experimental course developing laboratory and analytical skills in physics. Includes experiments in electric fields, Ohm's law, use of the oscilloscope, and electric circuits. Prerequisites: PHYS
    124 or permission of department. Corequisites: PHYS 125 or permission of department. Offered every spring
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PHYS 387:

    This course will cover Newtonian gravity, special and general relativity and cosmology. Some of the topics include Newton's law of gravitation, Keplerin orbits, special relativity with spacetime diag
    rams and metrics, generalization to accelerated frames, the Equivalence Principle, curvature of spacetime, classical tests of GR, stationary and spinning black holes, large scale structure of the universe, big bang theory and the cosmological model. Prerequisites: PHYS 311 or permission of the department. Not offered on a regular basis
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