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Sarah Shandera

Associate Professor of Physics


Ph.D. Cornell University (2006)
B.S. University of Arizona (2001)


Particle Astrophysics
  • Theoretical
Gravitational Physics & Cosmology
  • Theoretical
Particles & Fields
  • Theoretical

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Fellow, Perimeter Institute (January 1, 2016 - present)
  • Emmy Noether Visting Fellow, Perimeter Institute (August 2015 - December 2015)

Selected Publications

  1. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, The Virgo Collaboration, and S. Shandera, Search for sub-solar mass ultracompact binaries in Advanced LIGO's second observing run, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123 (2019) no. 16, 161102.
  2. Shandera, S., Jeong, D. and Gebhardt, H.S.G, Gravitational waves from binary mergers of subsolar mass dark black holesPhys. Rev. Lett. 120 (2018) no.24, 241102.
  3. Shandera, S., Agarwal, N., and Kamal, A., Open quantum cosmological systemPhys. Rev. D. 98 (2018) no. 98, 083535.
  4. Abazajian, K.N., Adshead, P., Ahmed, Z., Allen, S., Alonso, D., et al. CMB-S4 Science Book, 2016.
  5. Zhao, G.B., Wang, Y., Ross, A.J., Shandera, S., Percival, W.J., Dawson, K.S., Kneib, J.-P., Meyers, A.D., Brownstein, J.R., Comparat, J., Delubac, T., Gao, P., Hojjati, A., Koyama, K., McBride, C.K., Meza, A., Newman, J.A., Rossi, G., Schneider, D.P., Seo, H.-J., Tao, C., Wang, D., Yeche, C., Zhang, H., Zhang, Y., Zhou, X., Zhu, F., and Zou, H., et al. The Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS): A Cosmological ForecastAstron. J. 151 (2016). 
  6. Nelson, E. and Shandera, S. Statistical Naturalness and non-Gaussianity in a Finite UniversePhys. Rev. Lett., 110 (2013), no.13, 131301.
  7. Shandera, S., Mantz, A., Rapetti, D., and Allen, S.W. X-ray Cluster Constraints on Non-GaussianityJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2013(08), 004
  8. Burgess, C., Holman, R., Leblond, L., and Shandera, S. Super-Hubble de Sitter Fluctuations and the dynamical RGJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2010(03), 033. 
  9. LoVerde, M., Miller, A., Shandera, S., and Verde, L. Effects of scale-dependent non-Gaussianity on cosmological structuresJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2008, no. 04 (2008): 014.
  10. Becker, M., Leblond, L., Shandera, S. Inflation from wrapped branesPhys. Rev. D 76, 123516 (2007).


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