Will Meierjurgen Farr
Northwestern University
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Dearborn Observatory, Rm 9D
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston IL 60208
(703) 2013446
wfarr@northwestern.edu
wmfarr@gmail.com


I am a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern
University's Center for
Interdisciplinary Research and Exploration in Astrophysics.
You can find my CV here. I write a lot of
code; you can see some of it in my various GitHub repositories.
Research Interests
 Secular Planetary Dynamics
 I am interested in the
secular (i.e. longterm) dynamics of planetary systems, in
particular secular
chaos and the formation of dynamicallyextreme
configurations, such as hot Jupiters.
 Parameter Estimation for Gravitational Wave Signals
 I am a member of the LIGO
collaboration, working on developing tools to determine
the astrophysical properties of gravitational wave signals
detected by the LIGO and Virgo
instruments.
 Astrostatistics
 I am interested in the statistical
analysis of astrophysical datasets, particularly randomized
parameterspace sampling algorithms and model selection in a
Bayesian context. I have applied previously
discovered
algorithms to
gravitational wave parameter estimation (see above), and also to
other astrophysical
situations. I also sometimes develop new algorithms to
support my work.
 Advanced Mechanical Integrators
 Variational
and symplectic
integrators for mechanical systems,
particularly Nbody
systems.
 NBody Methods
 Application to mediumN
(N ~ 10^{36}) selfgravitating systems and to
cosmological
simulations.
 General Relativity
 Particularly SO(3,1)
gaugetheory formulations. My thesis dealt with
advanced integrators for numerical relativity that exploit the
local SO(3,1) gauge freedoms of GR.
PGP Key
If you want to get in touch with me
privately, please use my PGP
key (which is also available from keyservers with fingerprint
BE71 3BDE 6F24 FB7E 14C2 C642 D48A 196D 663E 746C
).
Last updated 5 Dec 2011 by Will M. Farr.