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Peter R. Saulson

Department Chair and Martin A. Pomerantz '37 Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Physics, Louisiana State University

Research Interests

  • Gravitational wave detection strategies.
  • Heuristics of gravitational wave detectors.
  • Thermal noise in mechanical experiments.
  • Internal friction in materials.

Education

1981 Ph.D. in Physics
Princeton University

1978 A.M. in Physics
Princeton University

1976 A.B. magna cum laude in Physics
Harvard University


Awards & Professional Honors

  • Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected 2003)
  • Scholar-Teacher of the Year for 2003
  • Physics Department Undergraduate Teaching Award 2002

Selected Publications

A. Ageev, Belkis Cabrera Palmer, Antonio De Felice, Steven D. Penn, and Peter R. Saulson, “Very high quality factor measured in annealed fused silica”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 21, 3887 (2004).


Peter R. Saulson, “If light waves are stretched by gravitational waves, how can we use light as a ruler to detect gravitational waves?”, American Journal of Physics, 65, 501 (1997).


Gabriela Gonzalez and Peter R. Saulson, “Brownian motion of a torsional pendulum with internal friction”, Physics Letters A 201, 12 (1995).


Peter R. Saulson, Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors (Singapore: World Scientific) 300 pp. (1994).


Peter R. Saulson, “Thermal noise in mechanical experiments”, Physical Review D 42, 2437 (1990).