I’m Paul T Baker. I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology at West Virginia University. I study gravitational waves. Particularly I’m interested in methods to detect and characterize gravitational waves. Before coming to WVU I was a visiting assistant professor at SUNY Geneseo, a public liberal arts college that is home to one of the largest all undergrad physics departments in the country.
I study gravitational wave data analysis techniques. I’ve worked on LIGO since 2007, and more recently have worked on detecting gravitational waves with pulsar timing arrays (PTA). I’m now a member of NANOGrav, the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational waves, which seeks to detect low frequecy gravitational waves by timing radio pulsars. NANOGrav is one of three PTAs that jointly form the International Pulsar Timing Array.
Over my life, I’ve lived in New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Montana, and now West Virginia. The banner photo is a view down Porcupine Rd from my favorite forest service cabin in the Crazy Mountains north of Livingston, Montana.