James Bardeen is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has made major contributions in general relativity and cosmology, including the formulation, with Stephen Hawking and Brandon Carter, of the laws of black hole mechanics, and the development of a gauge-invariant approach to cosmological perturbations and the origin of large-scale structure in the present universe from quantum fluctuations during an early epoch of inflation. His recent research focuses on improving calculations of the generation of gravitational radiation from merging black hole and neutron star binaries by formulating the Einstein equations on asymptotically null constant mean curvature hypersurfaces. This makes possible numerical calculations with an outer boundary at future null infinity, where waveforms can be read off directly, without any need for extrapolation. Dr. Bardeen received his PhD from Caltech under the direction of Richard Feynman.
Past PI Talks:
A list of talks by Prof. Bardeen can be found here.