Physics and Astronomy
Department Chair:
Stephen FitzGerald

Administrative Assistant:
Diane Doman

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8330
Fax: (440) 775-6379

Wright Laboratory of Physics
110 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Robert Owen

Robert Owen

Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Wright Laboratory 210
(440) 775-8566

Rob Owen

Robert Owen

(photo by Lee Lumpkin)

Educational Background

  • BS, Physics, University of Utah, 2001
  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2007

I work at the interface of gravitation theory, astrophysics, and computation. Most of my research is with the SXS collaboration, with which I was directly involved as a graduate student at Caltech, and as a postdoc at Cornell. We use supercomputers to solve Einstein's field equations of general relativity to model the collisions of black holes and neutron stars, which are important sources of gravitational waves. This modeling is crucial for detection of these waves, and for the eventual astrophysical interpretation of such detections. Modeling of these systems also provides a convenient testing ground for understanding more basic open questions about the nature of the classical gravitational field.