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Curt Cutler

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-327

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Origin of the Universe

Acting Group Supervisor


  • B.S. Mathematic and Physics, Yale University (1983)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago (1989)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (9/05-present)
    • Principal Scientist
    • JPL Senior Research Scientist (since 4/06)
  • California Institute of Technology (2-06-present)
    • Senior Faculty Associate
  • Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Golm, Germany (9/97-9/05)
    • Wissenschaftler (permanent research position)
  • Penn State University (9/94-9/97)
    • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Cornell University (9/93-9/94)
    • Research Associate in Theoretical Astrophysics
  • California Instiute of Technology (9/90-9/93)
    • Research Associate in Theoretical Astrophysics
  • University of Pittsburgh (9/88-9/90)
    • Research Associate in General Relativity

Research Interests

  • Astrophysical sources of gravitational waves
  • Gravitational-wave data analysis
  • Relativistic astrophysics

Selected Awards

  • 1995 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Cutler, C. and Harms, J., 2006 "Big Bang Observer and the neutron-star-binary subtraction problem," Phys. Rev. D. 73 042001.
  2. Cutler, C., Gholami, I., & Krishnan, B., 2005 "Improved Stack-Slide Searches for Gravitational Wave Pulsars," Phys. Rev. D. 72 042004.
  3. Barack, L., and Cutler, C., 2004 "LISA Capture Sources: Approximate Waveforms, Signal-to-Noise Ratios, and Parameter Estimation Accuracy," Phys. Rev. D. 69 082005.
  4. Cutler, C., 2002 "Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars with Large Toroidal B-fields," Phys. Rev. D. 66 084025.
  5. Cutler, C., and Jones, I. D., 2001 "Gravitational Wave Damping of Neutron Star Wobble," Phys. Rev. D. 63 024002.
  6. Ushomirsky, G., Cutler, C., and Bildsten, L. 2000 "Deformations of Accreting Neutron Star Crusts and Gravitational Wave Emission," Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc. 319 902.
  7. Brady, P. R., Creighton, T., Cutler, C., & Schutz, B. F., 1998 "Searching for periodic sources with LIGO," Phys. Rev. D. 57 2101.
  8. Cutler, C. 1998 "Angular Resolution of the LISA Gravitational Wave Detector," Phys. Rev. D. 57 7089.
  9. Bildsten, L., Ushomirsky, G., & Cutler, C., 1996 "Ocean g-modes in Rotating Neutron Stars," Ap. J. 460 827.
  10. Apostolatos, T., Cutler, C., Sussman, G. J., & Thorne, K. S., 1994 "Spin-Induced Orbital Precession and its Modulation of the Gravitational Waveforms from Merging Binaries," Phys. Rev. D 49 6274.
  11. Cutler, C., & Flanagan, E. E., 1994 "Gravitational waves from merging compact binaries: How accurately can one extract the binary's parameters from the inspiral waveform?" Phys. Rev. D 49 2658.
  12. Cutler, C., Finn, L. S., Poisson, E., and Sussman, G. J., 1992 "Gravitational Radiation from a Particle in Circular Orbit around a Black Hole. II: Numerical Results for the Nonrotating Case," Phys. Rev. D 47 1511.
  13. Cutler, C., 1992 "The Global Structure of Gott's 2-String Spacetime," Phys. Rev. D 45 487.
  14. Cutler, C., and Lindblom, L., 1992 "Post-Newtonian Frequencies for the Pulsations of Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars," Ap. J. 385 630.
  15. Cutler, C., 1991 "post-Newtonian Effects on the Modes of Rotating Stars," Ap. J. 374 248.
  16. Cutler, C. and Wald, R. M., 1988 "Existence of Radiating Einstein-Maxwell Solutions which are C∞ on all I+ and I-," Class. Quantum Grav. 6 453.
  17. Cutler, C. and Wald, R. M., 1987 "A New Type of Gauge Invariance for a Collection of Massless Spin-2 Fields: Existence and Uniqueness," Class. Quantum Grav. 4 1267.
  18. Cutler, C. and Lindblom, L., 1987 "The Effect of Viscosity on Neutron Star Oscillations," Ap. J., 314 234.