Michele Zanolin Ph.D.Associate Professor , Department of Physics, ERAU
Office: AC-1, Rm 213
Papers in Astrophysics, Spires link
Papers in Acoustics with the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) link
Papers with the Journal of the Audio Enginering Societylink
Papers with the Journal of Planetary science link
2010 Researcher of the year in the College of Arts and Sciencesframe
2011 Researcher of the year for the Arizona campus picture
MZ group's News* 4/2013 PhD student Marek Szczepanczyk hired to join the ERAU-LIGO group in August
* 4/2013 awarded tenure, back to work :-)
* 3/2013 The Ligo and Virgo collaborations post in living reviews in Relativity a summary document on the direction reconstruction capability of a network of GW detectors that refers to MZ and S Vitale paper for accourate modelling of the problem link
* 3/2013 Paper on model exclusion for SN signals submitted to Classical and Quantum gravity link
* 3/2013 MZ elected faculty marshall for the spring graduation
* 3/2013 Research student Elaine Rhoades awarded the SURF research internship at Caltech
* 1/2013 Phd D. student Marek Szczepanczyk join the LIGO ERAU group from the University of Warsaw
* 5/2012 opening for a graduate student (to obtain a PhD) in the ERAU LIGO group
* 4/2012 Research student Alexander Corpuz awarded "physics graduate" of the Arizona campus.
* 4/2012 MZ awarded researcher of the year for the Arizona campus picture
* 4/2012 Former research student S.Vitale awarded postdoctoral position at MIT
* 3/2012 Research student Elaine Rhodes awarded $3300 to work during the summer on measurements of the Young's modulus of the LIGO mirrors
* 3/2012 Research Student Kevin Loew receives internal funding for summer research on Supernova Searches with LIGO.
* 3/2012 Comprehensive results on first generation all sky LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave burst results accepted in PRD link
* 3/2012 MZ and 3 students presents recent results to the LSC-Virgo Joint meeting at MIT link
* 12/2011 Review document completed for the initial LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave burst results (MZ review chair) link
* 11/2011 Students Kevin Lowe and Alexander Corpux obtain NASA-ERAU funding to work in MZ group.
* 9/2011 26 pages paper on parameter estimation from Gravitational waves accepted in Phys. Rev. D. link
* 9/2011 Agreement reached to bring the NSF-LIGO touring exibition to the ERAU Prescott campus between Dec2011 and March2012 link
* 9/2011 ERAU group partecipate to LSC conference in Gainesville FL link
* 9/2011 MZ to chair a LIGO face-to-face meeting in Hannover Germany (funding provided by the Albert Einstein Institute
* 8/2011 new paper on parameter estimation with interferometer networks submitted to PRD link
* 7/2011 MZ nominated chair of the review team for the pubblication of the burst results on S6 LIGO data.
* 2/2011 Research student Courtney Linn awarded one the NSF scholarships for summer Gravitational Wave research link (about 10 are offered nation wide every year)
* 1/2011 Major LIGO internal review completed by S.Heng (U.Glasgow), I. Ferrante (U.Pisa), M.Zanolin link
* 1/2011 Research student Alexander Corpux awarded one the NSF scholarships for summer Gravitational Wave research link (about 10 are offered nation wide every year)
* 1/2011 New paper on passive source localization in fluctuating waveguides pubblished on the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America link
* 12/2010 Research Student Marc Le Bourdais awarded physics graduate of the year
* 11/2010 Calibration of LIGO interferometers pubblished in 11/2010 Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A624:223-240,2010 and linkcontaining MZ's group's work on calibration studies
* 11/2010 paper on black hole mergers accepted on Phys. Rev. D (scheduled to appear on Dec 30th) link
* 10/2010 MZ scheduled to deliver physics colloquium at the physics department of ERAU Daytona. link
* 10/2010 Angelo Charbonnier and Marc Lebourdais renewed for one semester (the last before graduation) funding from the NASA-ERAU space grant to do research in MZ's group
* 10/2010 Courtney Linn awarded 1 year of funding from the NASA-ERAU space grant to do research in MZ's group
* 9/2010 Emily Heaton awarded 1 year of funding from the NASA-ERAU space grant to do research in MZ's group
* 8/2010 Emily Eaton spends 8 Days doing a science monitoring shift at the LIGO livingston observatory.
* 8/2010 Paper on parameter estimation for Inspiral-Merger-Ringdown (IMR) binary signals submitted to PRD link
* 7/2010 MZ gives a Physics colloquium at Tufts University (July 22nd)
* 6/2010 MZ in the PhD thesis committee of Ioannis_Bertsatos at MIT link to thesis document
* 6/2010 MZ gives a talk at the Perimeter Institute Toronto (June 24th)
* 6/2010 Emily Heaton receives NASA summer funding to work in MZ group.
* 6/2010 Paper on parameter estimation with asymptotic expansion for inspiral signals accepted in Phys. Rev. D. link
* 5/2010 Paper on gravitational waves rates accepted in CQG link
* 4/2010 MZ is awarded "Researcher of the Year" in the College of Arts and Sciences.picture
* 4/2010 MZ gives Physics Colloquium at the Astronomy department of New Mexico State University link .
* 3/2010 Initial agreement reached to bring the LIGO exibit to the ERAU Prescott campus.
* 3/2010 Research Student Marc LeBourdais selected for SURF reseach internship at Caltech for summer 2010.
* 3/2010 Long term visiting graduate student Salvatore Vitale awarded Postdoctoral position at NIKHEF in Amsterdam (NL).
* 12/2009 Former research student Adrian Akerson wins ERAU President Award (one student per campus wins it )
* 11/2009 Page 2 of Horizon magazine (Embry Riddle journal) features the research performed by MZ research students.
* 10/2009 S5 Year 1 LIGO paper on the search of unmodelled bursts accepted in PRD (M.Zanolin corresponding author) link
* 10/2009 S5 Year 1 LIGO paper on the search of high frequency unmodelled bursts accepted in PRD (B.Hughey M.Zanolin and Katsavounidis search leaders) link
* 09/2009 NASA funding awarded to Marc LeBourdais and Angelo Charbonnier to work with MZ NASA-ERAU space grant
* 08/2009 NSF grant awarded to MZ NSF0855567
* 06/2009 NSF travel funding awarded to MZ to participate to MG12 in Paris NSF0919034
* 01/2009 paper on directional reconstruction of GW bursts accepted in PRD
ResearchMy research is in experimental general relativity, focusing mostly upon gravitational wave detection with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Topics I devote particular attention to are:
* Search for gravitational wave bursts.
Some of the present and past activities of the ERAU-LIGO group are also summarized here . I also have an ongoing interest in underwater acoustics because there is a lot of data analysis in common between the two. For example you might be interested in listening to the sounds of some gravitational waves here (credits Scott Hughes at MIT).
I am currently organizing the department colloquia.
Recent titles and abstracts are available here * 6/2012 Initial agreement reach for Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg to deliver a Colloquium to Embry Riddle students (scheduled of oct 11 2012)
TeachingSPRING11: physics III Classical Electromagnetism, Statistical and thermal physics
FALL10:Physics III Classical Electromagnetism, physics II (gravitation,fluid dynamics,vibrations,thermodynamics)
SPRING10: PS250(Classical EM for Engineers), PS430 thermodynamics and stat mech
FALL09: PS219 (Classical EM for physicists),PS250 (Classical EM for Engineers), PS104 Thermo and EM for Pilots
SPING09: PS250 (Classical EM) 2 sections, PS150 Mechanics 1 section
FALL08: PS250 (Classical EM). PS220 Electromagnetism Laboratory
SPRING08: PS250 (Classical EM), PS150 (Newtonian Mechanics).
FALL07: PS250 (Classical EM).
Visitors:Enrico Armelloni, University of Parma, spring 2008
Salvatore Vitale, University of Paris VI (Jusseau), fall 2009
Erik Lentz, University of Washington Seattle, December 2010
Rahul Biswas, Univesity of Texas Brownsville, Nov 2011
Peter Kalmus, Caltech, Nov 2011
Prof Marco Cavaglia, Univesity of Missisippi, Dec2010
Undergraduate Supervised ResearchStudents involved:Ian Simpson, Angelo Charbonnier, Jessica Watts, Walt Williams, Marc LeBourdais, Ellie Jesse, and Lex Corpuz
* Angelo Charbonnier and Walt Williams, Acoustic Array Walt's senior thesis
* Coherent Waveburst Sensitivity Studies: Lex Corpuz has been working with the LIGO BURST review group in their S6 review of Coherent waveburst. The unfinished review document can be found here. A detailed overview of the work can be found here
- Former undergraduate research students:
Josh Smith - now graduate student at the University of Arizona.
Austin Davis - applying for graduate positions & jobs.
Erik Lentz (primary advisor Prof. Q. Bailey) - now graduate student at UW Seattle.
The students who worked on the acoustic array Anitra team