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Richard O'Shaughnessy

Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

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Richard O'Shaughnessy

Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Education

BA, Cornell University; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Currently Teaching

ASTP-609
3 Credits
This course will provide a basic introduction to modern astrophysics, following on from Fundamental Astrophysics I. Topics will include basic celestial mechanics and galactic dynamics, the Milky Way and other galaxies, the interstellar medium, active galactic nuclei, galaxy formation and evolution, and an introduction to cosmology. This course will provide the physical background needed to interpret both observations and theoretical models in galactic and extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology and prepare students for more advanced topics and research in astrophysics.
MATH-251
3 Credits
This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to real-world problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications.
ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
PHYS-295
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their first three years of study.
ASTP-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
ASTP-891
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis

Latest News

  • March 26, 2019

    Aerial view of space observatory.

    RIT researchers set to help LIGO resume hunt for ripples in space and time

    The Nobel Prize-winning project that hunts for gravitational waves— ripples in space and time—is about to begin the longest and most sensitive observational run to date. And several RIT researchers are preparing to pore over the new data to help uncover some of the universe’s biggest mysteries.

  • October 30, 2017

    Hunting for massive black-hole mergers

    The outskirts of spiral galaxies like our own could be crowded with colliding black holes of massive proportions and a prime location for scientists hunting the sources of gravitational waves, according to RIT researchers.

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Journal Paper
Coughlin, , et al. "Constraints on the Neutron Star Equation of State from AT2017gfo Using Radiative Transfer Simulations." MNRAS 480. (2018): 3871. Print.
Veitch, John, et al. "Robust Parameter Estimation for Compact Binaries With Ground-based Gravitational-wave Observations Using LALInference." Physical Review D 91. (2015): 42003. Print.
Huerta, Eliu, et al. "Accurate and Efficient Waveforms for Compact Binaries on Eccentric Orbits." Physical Review D 90. (2014): 84016. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Improved Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from 2009-2010 LIGO and Virgo Data." Physical Review Letters 113. 23 (2014): 1101. Print.
Aartsen, , et al. "Multimessenger Search for Sources of Gravitational Waves and High-energy Neutrinos: Initial Results for LIGO-Virgo and IceCube." Physical Review D 90. (2014): 102002. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "First All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves from Unknown Sources in Binary Systems." Physical Review D 90. 6 (2014): 62010. Print.