Yr Athro Patrick Sutton

Professor Patrick Sutton

Research Group Leader, Gravitational Physics Research Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email:
patrick.sutton@astro.cf.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4043
Location:
N/1.09, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 3AA

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I undertook my graduate studies at the University of Alberta, studying the renormalisation of quantum field theories in curved spacetimes, and graduated in 2000.  I then spent two and a half years as a postdoctoral fellow in the gravitational physics group at Penn State University, followed by a four-year stint as a senior postdoctoral fellow and then a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.  I joined the faculty of Cardiff University as a senior lecturer in June 2007, and was promoted to Reader in 2012.

Honours and awards

Head, Gravitational Physics Group, Cardiff University
Chair, STFC Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel (to 2016)
Member, Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (ApPEC) - Scientific Advisory Commitee

On Research Leave for 2016-17. Previous teaching duties include:
PX3241 - Particle Physics and Special Relativity (2013-16)
PX4124 - Introduction to General Relativity (2014-15)
PX3237 - Nuclear and Particle Physics (2012-13)
PX4115 - General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics (2007-13)

Research interests

Violent relativistic events such as the collisions of black holes or neutron stars, supernovae, and gamma-ray bursts, can produce powerful bursts of gravitational waves.  A common feature of these systems is that they are difficult to model, involving complex physics of matter at nuclear densities and nonlinear general relativistic effects.   Gravitational waves could provide a probe of the rich physics of these systems.  As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, I am developing strategies to detect gravitational-wave bursts, and creating techniques for locating the sources on the sky, extracting their waveforms from noisy data, and fitting them to simulations and theoretical models.  In particular, I focus on the detection of gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts using data from the LIGO, GEO, and Virgo detectors.

Supervision

Violent relativistic events such as the collisions of black holes or neutron stars, supernovae, and gamma-ray bursts, can produce powerful bursts of gravitational waves.  A common feature of these systems is that they are difficult to model, involving complex physics of matter at nuclear densities and nonlinear general relativistic effects.   Gravitational waves could provide a probe of the rich physics of these systems.  As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, I am developing strategies to detect gravitational-wave bursts, and creating techniques for locating the sources on the sky, extracting their waveforms from noisy data, and fitting them to simulations and theoretical models.  In particular, I focus on the detection of gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts using data from the LIGO, GEO, and Virgo detectors.