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Frederic Rasio

Joseph Cummings Professor

PhD, Cornell University, 1991

Fred Rasio's research spans a wide range of topics in theoretical astrophysics, including: exoplanets and planet formation; the dynamics of dense stellar systems (globular clusters, galactic nuclei, young star clusters); hydrodynamic stellar interactions (stellar collisions and mergers, binary coalescence, common envelope evolution); and relativistic astrophysics (neutron stars and black holes, gravitational waves, relativistic star clusters, radio pulsars). His most recent work has focused on the dynamics of tightly packed planetary systems, gravitational wave sources for laser-interferometer detectors (LIGO, LISA), and the formation of massive black holes through stellar dynamical processes.

Awards and Honors

  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1996-2000)
  • Scientific Editor, The Astrophysical Journal (2005 - )
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2006 - )

Selected Publications

  • S. Naoz, W. M. Farr, Y. Lithwick, F. A. Rasio, and J. Teyssandier
    Hot Jupiters from secular planet-planet interactions
    Nature, Volume 473, Issue 7346, pp. 187-189 (2011)
  • S. Matsumura, S. J. Peale, and F. A. Rasio
    Tidal Evolution of Close-in Planets
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 725, Issue 2, pp. 1995-2016 (2010)
  • S. Chatterjee, J. M. Fregeau, S. Umbreit, and F. A. Rasio
    Monte Carlo Simulations of Globular Cluster Evolution. V. Binary Stellar Evolution
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 719, Issue 1, pp. 915-930 (2010)
  • E. Rantsiou, S. Kobayashi, P. Laguna, and F. A. Rasio
    Mergers of Black Hole-Neutron Star Binaries. I. Methods and First Results
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 680, Issue 2, pp. 1326-1349. (2008)
  • R.M. O'Leary, R. O'Shaughnessy, and F. A. Rasio
    Dynamical interactions and the black-hole merger rate of the Universe
    Physical Review D, vol. 76, Issue 6, id. 061504 (2007)
  • M. A. Gurkan, J. M. Fregeau, and F. A. Rasio
    Massive Black Hole Binaries from Collisional Runaways
    Astrophysical Journal Letters 640, L39 (2006)
  • E. B. Ford and F. A. Rasio
    On the Relation Between Hot Jupiters and the Roche Limit
    Astrophysical Journal Letters 638, L45 (2006)
  • E. B. Ford, V. Lystad, and F. A. Rasio
    Planet-Planet Scattering in the Upsilon Andromedae System
    Nature 434, 873 (2005)
  • J. A. Faber, P. Grandclement, and F. A. Rasio
    Mergers of Irrotational Neutron Star Binaries in Conformally Flat Gravity
    Physical Review D69, 124036 (2004)
  • N. Ivanova, K. Belczynski, V. Kalogera, F. A. Rasio, and R. E. Taam
    The Role of Helium Stars in the Formation of Double Neutron Stars
    Astrophysical Journal 592, 475 (2003)
  • J. A. Faber, P. Grandclement, F. A. Rasio, and K. Taniguchi
    Measuring Neutron-Star Radii with Gravitational-Wave Detectors
    Physical Review Letters 89, 231102 (2002)
  • Rasio On-Line Publications