Alan Wiseman

Alan Wiseman

Associate Professor

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Alan G. Wiseman


Associate Professor Wiseman's research is in the area of general relativity and gravitation with a special emphasis in gravitational-wave generation and detection. He has published a number of papers involving computations of the expected gravitational-wave signals from inspiraling binary star systems using post-Newtonian theory. He also works in the area of black hole perturbation theory and the radiation reaction problem in curved space time.

Biographical Sketch:

Alan Wiseman received his B.Sc. in Physics in 1981 and his M.A in Math in 1984, both from the University of Kansas. He then went to Washington University, where he obtained his M.A in Physics in 1989 and his Ph.D in 1992. From 1992 to 1994 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and from 1994 to 1997 he worked as a faculty research fellow at Caltech. During 1997 Wiseman was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. 

Wiseman has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1998, where he currently holds the rank of associate professor. He served as the Chair of the Department of Physics from 2008 to 2012.

Professor Wiseman has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 1999. He was LSC software coordinator from 1999 to 2004, data analysis coordinator from 2004 to 2006 and member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration Executive Committee from 2000 to 2006.

Selected publications:

  • The LIGO Scientific Collaboration,
    "An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin,"
    Nature 460 (2009) 990.
  • Demian Cho, Antonios Tsokaros and Alan G. Wiseman,
    "The self-force on a non-minimally coupled static scalar charge outside a Schwarzschild black hole,"
    Class. Quant. Grav. 24 (2007) 1035-1048.
  • Tobias S. Keidl, John L. Friedman, and Alan G. Wiseman,
    "Finding fields and self-force in a gauge appropriate to separable wave equations,"
    Phys. Rev. D75 (2007) 2007.
  • W. G. Anderson and A. G. Wiseman,
    "A matched expansion approach to practical self-force calculations,"
    Class. Quant. Grav. 22 (2005) ”S783-S800.
  • A. G.Wiseman,
    "The Self force on a static scalar test charge outside a Schwarzschild black hole,"
    Phys. Rev. D61 (2000) 084014.