Dr Will Meierjurgen Farr

 

Lecturer
Birmingham Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Will Meierjurgen Farr

Contact details

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Will M. Farr is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Will is a theoretical astrophysicist with interests in astrostatistics, the gravitational dynamics of exoplanets and dense stellar systems, gravitational waves, compact object evolution, computational astrophysics, and general relativity.  

He is an enthusiastic programming language polyglot, and has contributed software to many astronomical projects.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics, 2010
  • BS in Physics, 2003

Biography

Will was born in Oregon, in the United States.  He received his BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2003 and a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.  From 2009 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, and from 2011 to 2013, he was a CIERA fellow at Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics.  He came to Birmingham in 2013.  This is his first job outside the US, and he is enjoying exploring the United Kingdom.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Secular Dynamics and Chaos in Multi-Planet Systems
  • Astrostatistics

Research

  • Astrostatistics
  • Exoplanet Dynamics
  • Gravitational waves
  • Compact objects
  • Computational astrophysics

Publications

  • S. Naoz, W. M. Farr, Y. Lithwick, F. A. Rasio, and J. Teyssandier. Hot Jupiters from secular planet-planet interactions. Nature, 473:187–189, May 2011, arXiv:1011.2501
  • F. Valsecchi, E. Glebbeek, W. M. Farr, T. Fragos, B. Willems, J. A. Orosz, J. Liu, and V. Kalogera. Formation of the black-hole binary M33 X-7 through mass exchange in a tight massive system. Nature, 468:77–79, November 2010, arXiv:1010.4809
  • W. M. Farr, N. Sravan, A. Cantrell, L. Kreidberg, C. D. Bailyn, I. Mandel, and V. Kalogera. The Mass Distribution of Stellar-mass Black Holes. ApJ, 741:103, November 2011, arXiv:1011.1459
  • S. Naoz, W. M. Farr, and F. A. Rasio. On the Formation of Hot Jupiters in Stellar Binaries. ApJL, 754:L36, August 2012, arXiv:1206.3529
  • Gerald J. Sussman and Jack Wisdom with Will M. Farr. Functional Differential Geometry. MIT Press, 2013

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