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Sean McWilliams, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor
West Virginia University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
White Hall G58
135 Wiley Street PO Box 6315
Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-3076

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In the broadest terms, I am a theoretical astrophysicist. More specifically, I am a gravitational wave astronomer, numerical and analytical relativist, and data analyst. My research focuses mainly on understanding the dynamics of compact binaries, which are systems composed of any combination of black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. Through numerical simulations and/or analytical modeling, I estimate the behavior of two of these highly dense, tightly orbiting bodies. Such systems stretch Einstein’s theory of general relativity to its limit.


WVU hosts American Physical Society Mid-Atlantic Meeting

Professors Alan Bristow and Aldo Romero led the organization of this meeting in Morgantown in Fall 2015.

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Two Faculty honored with NSF CAREER awards

Professors Cheng Cen and Ned Flagg are the latest in a line-up of WVU recipients of this prestigious early-career award.

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Gravitational Waves Detected!

Prof. Sean McWilliams, assistant professor in our Department and Prof. Zach Etienne in WVU Math and adjunct in Physics and Astronomy are part of an international collaboration that has detected gravitational waves!

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