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Tim Johannsen

Portrait de Tim Johannsen
University of Waterloo
Phd: University of Arizona 2012

Area of Research:
Phone: x7051

Research Interests

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo and at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. My research expertise lies in the areas of theoretical astrophysics, gravitation, and black holes. I study the nature of these compact objects, their environment, and their implications for fundamental theories such as general relativity and string theory. I design observational tests of general relativity in the strong-field regime and predict new observational signatures of black holes across the electromagnetic spectrum. My work involves a variety of both analytical and computational methods.

I am part of the science team of the Event Horizon Telescope, a planned global array of radio telescopes with the goal to take the first ever image of a black hole and to test Einstein"s theory of general relativity. I am also part of the strong gravity science team of the Large Observatory For x-ray Timing (LOFT), one of five proposed observatories to be selected as the next M4 class mission of ESA"s Cosmic Vision Program. LOFT will perform phase-resolved spectroscopy of galactic black holes on event horizon timescales and probe the equation of state of neutron stars. I also work with the results of current X-ray observatories such as the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, Chandra, and XMM-Newton, and I simulate measurements of future X-ray missions such as Astro-H and ATHENA+.

Awards

  • College of Science Award for Scholarship, University of Arizona
  • APS Four Corners Section Meeting Best Graduate Student Presentation Award, Tucson, AZ
  • Theoretical Astrophysics Program Best Graduate Student Paper Prize, University of Arizona
  • Physics Publication Award, Physics Department, University of Arizona
  • Professor C. Y. Fan "FanFare" Award, Physics Department, University of Arizona
  • APS Topical Group in Gravitation Best Student Presentation Award, 27th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • Galileo Circle Award, College of Science, University of Arizona

Recent Publications

  • Johannsen, T. "X-Ray Probes of Black Hole Accretion Disks for Testing the No-Hair Theorem," PRD, 90 (2014) 064002
  • Broderick, A. E., Johannsen, T., Loeb, A., & Psaltis, D. "Testing the No-hair Theorem with Event Horizon Telescope Observations of Sagittarius A*" ApJ, 784 (2014) 7, arXiv: 1311.5564
  • Johannsen, T. "Photon Rings around Kerr and Kerr-like Black Holes," ApJ, 777 (2013) 170
  • Johannsen, T. "Regular Black Hole Metric with Three Constants of Motion," PRD, 88 (2013) 044002
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. IV. Relativistically Broadened Iron Lines," ApJ, 773 (2013) 57, arXiv: 1202.6069
  • Johannsen, T., "Systematic Study of Event Horizons and Pathologies in Parametrically Deformed Kerr Spacetimes," PRD, 87 (2013) 124017, arXiv: 1304.7786
  • Johannsen, T., "Inner Accretion Disk Edges in a Kerr-Like Spacetimes," PRD, 87 (2013) 124010, arXiv: 1304.8106
  • Johannsen, T., "A Metric for Testing the Nature of Black Holes," J. Phys. Conf. Ser., 410 (2013) 012136, arXiv: 1210.0483
  • Johannsen, T., Psaltis, D., Gillessen, S., Marrone, D. P., Ozel, F., Doeleman, S. S., & Fish, V. L., "Masses of Supermassive Black Holes with Very-Long Baseline Interferometry," ApJ, 758 (2012) 30, arXiv: 1201.0758
  • Johannsen, T., "Testing General Relativity with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum," PASP, 124 (2012) 1133, arXiv: 1209.3024
  • Bauböck, M., Psaltis, D., Ozel, F., & Johannsen, T., "A Ray-Tracing Algorithm for Spinning Compact Object Spacetimes with Arbitrary Quadrupole Moments. II. Neutron Stars," ApJ, 753 (2012) 175, arXiv: 1110.4389
  • Johannsen, T., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Sgr A*," Adv. Astron., 2012 (2012) 1, arXiv: 1105.5645
  • Psaltis, D., & Johannsen, T., "A Ray-Tracing Algorithm for Spinning Compact Object Spacetimes with Arbitrary Quadrupole Moments. I. Quasi-Kerr Black Holes," ApJ, 745 (2012) 1, arXiv: 1011.4078
  • Psaltis, D., & Johannsen, T., "Sgr A*: The Optimal Testbed of Strong-Field Gravity," J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 283 (2011) 012030, arXiv: 1012.1602
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Metric for Rapidly Spinning Black Holes Suitable for Astrophysical Tests of the No-Hair Theorem," PRD, 83 (2011) 124015, arXiv: 1105.3191
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. III. Quasi-Periodic Variability," ApJ, 726 (2011) 11, arXiv: 1010.1000
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum," Adv. Space Res., 47 (2011) 528, arXiv: 1008.3902
  • Psaltis, D., & Johannsen, T., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Astrophysical Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", in The Energetic Cosmos: From Suzaku to Astro-H, ed. K. Makishima (Tokyo: JAXA Special Publication), 240 (2010), arXiv: 0912.0022
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. II. Black Hole Images," ApJ, 718 (2010) 446, arXiv: 1005.1931
  • Johannsen, T., & Psaltis, D., "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. I. Properties of a Quasi-Kerr Spacetime," ApJ, 716 (2010) 187, arXiv: 1003.3415
  • Johannsen, T., "Constraints on the Size of Extra Dimensions from the Orbital Evolution of the Black-Hole X-Ray Binary XTE J1118+480," A&A, 507 (2009) 617, arXiv: 0812.0809
  • Johannsen, T., Psaltis, D., & McClintock, J. E., "Constraints on the Size of Extra Dimensions from the Orbital Evolution of the Black-Hole X-Ray Binaries," ApJ, 691 (2009) 997, arXiv: 0803.1835
  • V. Fish, ..., T. Johannsen, et al. "High-Angular-Resolution and High-Sensitivity Science Enabled by Beamformed ALMA," arXiv: 1309.3519

Seminars

  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto, ON (invited)
  • "Testing Strong-Field General Relativity with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", AAS Winter Meeting 2013, Long Beach, CA
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", Astrophysical Seminar, University of Waterloo, ON (invited)
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with LOFT", Second LOFT Science Meeting, Toulouse, France
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", High-Energy Seminar, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (invited)
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (invited)
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with VLBI Imaging of Sgr A*", Bringing Black Holes into Focus: The Event Horizon Telescope, Tucson, AZ (invited)
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", APS Four Corners Section Meeting 2011, Tucson, AZ
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Quasi-Periodic Variability", Black Hole Astrophysics, Winchester, UK
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Quasi-Periodic Variability and Fluorescent Iron Lines", AAS High-Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting 2011, Newport, RI
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", 27th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", NOAO Seminar, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", COSPAR 2010, Bremen, Germany
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", MPE Seminar, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestische Physik, Garching (invited)
  • "Testing the No-Hair Theorem with Observations of Black Holes in the Electromagnetic Spectrum", AAS High-Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting 2010, Waikoloa Village, HI
  • "Constraints on the Size of Extra Dimension from Black Holes", Tests of Gravity and Gravitational Physics, Cleveland, OH
  • PIRSA:12100049, Testing Strong-Field General Relativity with Black Holes, 2012-10-04, Strong Gravity