Office Hours (Spring 2016)

TWRF: 10-11 am

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
Fall 2016 Classes

PHYS 113:
General Physics I

    An introduction to the concepts and laws of physics with applications to biological systems; course includes mechanics, thermodynamics, wave properties, and sound. Prerequisites/Corequisites: PHYS 114
    . Offered every fall
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PHYS 124:
N/Analytical Physics I Lab

    An experimental course developing laboratory and analytical skills in physics. Includes experiments in kinematics, Newton's laws, uncertainty analysis, momentum and energy conservation, and projectil
    e motion. Prerequisites/Corequisites: PHYS 123 or permission of department. Offered every fall
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PHYS 226:
Optics & Modern Physics Lab

    Devoted to the understanding of experiments in Optics, Atomic Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Typical experiments would cover composite lens systems, interference effects, e/m, emission spectra, and rad
    ioactive decay. Prerequisites: PHYS 226, Corequisites: PHYS 223 or permission of instructor. Offered every fall
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