Daniel Kennefick

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Arkansas

Dr. Daniel Kennefick is an Assistant Professor in the department of Physics at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Kennefick's research falls in to two areas: the physics of gravitational waves and their sources and the history and sociology of Modern Physics. His physics research currently is focused on the modeling of gravitational waves from the inspiral of neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes into supermassive black holes; such as probably exist in the centers of galaxies. Dr. Kennefick is a member of the LISA International Science Team's Working Group 1. LISA is a proposed NASA-ESA mission to fly a gravitational wave detector in space. The group provided theoretical input to the mission's basic design parameters and mission specifications. Dr. Kennefick is also an editor of the Einstein Papers Project, based at Caltech, engaged in the publication of the collected works of Albert Einstein and the analysis of Einstein's research papers from the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years, he has conducted an extensive oral history and sociological study (over 100 interviews) of the field of gravitational wave physics. This field is expected in the next 10 years to inaugurate a new field of "gravitational wave astronomy."

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Physics, University of Arkansas