# Dr Christopher Moore

School of Physics and Astronomy

Associate Professor in Gravitational Wave Astronomy

## Contact details

## Qualifications

### Postgraduate

- PhD in Astronomy, University of Cambridge October 2012 - June 2016 Institute of Astronomy, Supervised by Dr Jonathan R. Gair. Thesis titled “Gravitational Waves: Understanding Black Holes

### Undergraduate

- Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge October 2008 - June 2012 Corpus Christi College, 1st class BSc and MSci degrees

## Teaching

- 1st year tutor group, Physics and Physics and Astrophysics
- 1st year Astronomy Laboratories, Physics and Astrophysics
- 4th year module Inference from Scientific Data
- 4th year research project, Physics and Physics and Astrophysics

## Postgraduate supervision

- Dr Janna Goldstein (Graduated 2020)
- Eliot Finch (2020-present)
- Diganta Bandopadhyay (2021-present)

## Research

### Research interests

My Research interests include black holes, gravitational waves and relativistic astrophysics. In short, the role Einstein’s general relativity plays in the universe we observe. Much of my research revolves around binary black hole systems and how the gravitational wave signals they produce can be used to probe fundamental physics. Another key theme that links much of my research is the development of novel Bayesian data analysis techniques for studying gravitational-wave time-series data.

### Current projects

- Binary Black hole ringdown: modelling and observations with the LIGO and Virgo ground-based instruments
- Populations of binary black holes: developing novel Bayesian methods for population level inference including measurement errors, selection effects and false positive detections
- Gravitational wave science with LISA: developing the ground segment for the LISA mission, processing the TDI variables, performing Bayesian data analysis on numerous overlapping sources and source types, and working towards the “global fit”

## Publications

This is a list of my short author publications. I am also an author on a number of papers published by the LIGO/Virgo collaborations.

Eliot Finch and Christopher J. Moore. Frequency-domain analysis of black-hole ringdowns. PRD, 104(12):123034, December 2021

Christopher J. Moore and Davide Gerosa. Population-informed priors in gravitational-wave astronomy. PRD, 104(8):083008, October 2021

Christopher J. Moore and Alberto Vecchio. Ultra-low-frequency gravitational waves from cosmological and astro- physical processes. *Nature Astronomy*, October 2021

Riccardo Buscicchio, Antoine Klein, Elinore Roebber, Christopher J. Moore, Davide Gerosa, Eliot Finch, and Alberto Vecchio. Bayesian parameter estimation of stellar-mass black-hole binaries with LISA. PRD, 104(4):044065, August 2021

Christopher J. Moore, Eliot Finch, Riccardo Buscicchio, and Davide Gerosa. Testing general relativity with gravitational-wave catalogs: The insidious nature of waveform systematics. *iScience*, 24(6):102577, June 2021

Eliot Finch and Christopher J. Moore. Modeling the ringdown from precessing black hole binaries. PRD, 103(8):084048, April 2021

Valeriya Korol, Vasily Belokurov, Christopher J. Moore, and Silvia Toonen. Weighing Milky Way satellites with LISA. MNRAS, 502(1):L55–L60, March 2021

Riccardo Buscicchio, Christopher J. Moore, Geraint Pratten, Patricia Schmidt, Matteo Bianconi, and Alberto Vec- chio. Constraining the Lensing of Binary Black Holes from Their Stochastic Background. PRL, 125(14):141102, October 2020

Riccardo Buscicchio, Christopher J. Moore, Geraint Pratten, Patricia Schmidt, and Alberto Vecchio. Constraining the lensing of binary neutron stars from their stochastic background. PRD, 102(8):081501, October 2020

Roxana Rosca-Mead, Christopher J. Moore, Ulrich Sperhake, Michalis Agathos, and Davide Gerosa. Structure of Neutron Stars in Massive Scalar-Tensor Gravity. *Symmetry*, 12(9):1384, August 2020

Roxana Rosca-Mead, Ulrich Sperhake, Christopher J. Moore, Michalis Agathos, Davide Gerosa, and Christian D. Ott. Core collapse in massive scalar-tensor gravity. PRD, 102(4):044010, August 2020

V. Korol, S. Toonen, A. Klein, V. Belokurov, F. Vincenzo, R. Buscicchio, D. Gerosa, Christopher J. Moore, E. Roebber, E. M. Rossi, and A. Vecchio. Populations of double white dwarfs in Milky Way satellites and their detectability with LISA. A&A, 638:A153, June 2020

Elinore Roebber, Riccardo Buscicchio, Alberto Vecchio, Christopher J. Moore, Antoine Klein, Valeriya Korol, Silvia Toonen, Davide Gerosa, Janna Goldstein, Sebastian M. Gaebel, and Tyrone E. Woods. Milky Way Satellites Shining Bright in Gravitational Waves. ApJ, 894(2):L15, May 2020

Alvin J. K. Chua, Natalia Korsakova, Christopher J. Moore, Jonathan R. Gair, and Stanislav Babak. Gaussian processes for the interpolation and marginalization of waveform error in extreme-mass-ratio-inspiral parameter esti- mation. PRD, 101(4):044027, February 2020

Deyan P. Mihaylov, Christopher J. Moore, Jonathan R. Gair, Anthony Lasenby, and Gerard Gilmore. Astrometric effects of gravitational wave backgrounds with nonluminal propagation speeds. PRD, 101(2):024038, January 2020

Vitor Cardoso, Leonardo Gualtieri, and Christopher J. Moore. Gravitational waves and higher dimensions: Love numbers and Kaluza-Klein excitations. PRD, 100(12):124037, December 2019

Christopher J. Moore, Davide Gerosa, and Antoine Klein. Are stellar-mass black-hole binaries too quiet for LISA? MNRAS, 488(1):L94–L98, September 2019

Leor Barack et al. Black holes, gravitational waves and fundamental physics: a roadmap. *Classical and Quantum Gravity*, 36(14):143001, July 2019

Roxana Rosca-Mead, Christopher J. Moore, Michalis Agathos, and Ulrich Sperhake. Inverse-chirp signals and spontaneous scalarisation with self-interacting potentials in stellar collapse.

*Classical and Quantum Gravity*, 36(13):134003, July 2019

Riccardo Buscicchio, Elinore Roebber, Janna M. Goldstein, and Christopher J. Moore. Label switching problem in Bayesian analysis for gravitational wave astronomy. PRD, 100(8):084041, October 2019

Katie Chamberlain, Christopher J. Moore, Davide Gerosa, and Nicola ́s Yunes. Frequency-domain waveform ap- proximants capturing Doppler shifts. PRD, 99(2):024025, January 2019

A. J. K. Chua, S. Hee, W. J. Handley, E. Higson, Christopher J. Moore, J. R. Gair, M. P. Hobson, and A. N. Lasenby. Towards a framework for testing general relativity with extreme-mass-ratio-inspiral observations. MNRAS, 478(1):28–40, July 2018

Deyan P. Mihaylov, Christopher J. Moore, Jonathan R. Gair, Anthony Lasenby, and Gerard Gilmore. Astrometric effects of gravitational wave backgrounds with non-Einsteinian polarizations. PRD, 97(12):124058, June 2018

Vitor Cardoso, Taishi Ikeda, Christopher J. Moore, and Chul-Moon Yoo. Remarks on the maximum luminosity. PRD, 97(8):084013, April 2018

E. A. Huerta, Christopher J. Moore, Prayush Kumar, Daniel George, Alvin J. K. Chua, Roland Haas, Erik Wessel, Daniel Johnson, Derek Glennon, Adam Rebei, A. Miguel Holgado, Jonathan R. Gair, and Harald P. Pfeiffer. Eccen- tric, nonspinning, inspiral, Gaussian-process merger approximant for the detection and characterization of eccentric binary black hole mergers. PRD, 97(2):024031, January 2018

Christopher J. Moore, Deyan P. Mihaylov, Anthony Lasenby, and Gerard Gilmore. Astrometric Search Method for Individually Resolvable Gravitational Wave Sources with Gaia. PRL, 119(26):261102, December 2017

Ulrich Sperhake, Christopher J. Moore, Roxana Rosca, Michalis Agathos, Davide Gerosa, and Christian D. Ott. Long-Lived Inverse Chirp Signals from Core-Collapse in Massive Scalar-Tensor Gravity. PRL, 119(20):201103, November 2017

Christopher J. Moore, Alvin J. K. Chua, and Jonathan R. Gair. Gravitational waves from extreme mass ratio inspirals around bumpy black holes. *Classical and Quantum Gravity*, 34(19):195009, October 2017

Alvin J. K. Chua, Christopher J. Moore, and Jonathan R. Gair. Augmented kludge waveforms for detecting extreme-mass-ratio inspirals. PRD, 96(4):044005, August 2017

Davide Gerosa and Christopher J. Moore. Black Hole Kicks as New Gravitational Wave Observables. PRL, 117(1):011101, July 2016

Christopher J. Moore, A. J. K. Chua, C. P. L. Berry, and J. R. Gair. Fast methods for training Gaussian processes on large datasets. *Royal Society Open Science*, 3(5):160125, May 2016

Christopher J. Moore, Christopher P. L. Berry, Alvin J. K. Chua, and Jonathan R. Gair. Improving gravitational- wave parameter estimation using Gaussian process regression. PRD, 93(6):064001, March 2016

Christopher J. Moore and Jonathan R. Gair. Testing the no-hair property of black holes with x-ray observations of accretion disks. PRD, 92(2):024039, July 2015

Jonathan R. Gair and Christopher J. Moore. Quantifying and mitigating bias in inference on gravitational wave source populations. PRD, 91(12):124062, June 2015

Christopher J. Moore. The sensitivity of pulsar timing arrays. In *Journal of Physics Conference Series*, volume 610 of *Journal of Physics Conference Series*, page 012018, May 2015

Christopher J. Moore, S. R. Taylor, and J. R. Gair. Estimating the sensitivity of pulsar timing arrays. *Classical and Quantum Gravity*, 32(5):055004, March 2015

Christopher J. Moore, R. H. Cole, and C. P. L. Berry. Gravitational-wave sensitivity curves. *Classical and Quantum Gravity*, 32(1):015014, January 2015

Christopher J. Moore and Jonathan R. Gair. Novel Method for Incorporating Model Uncertainties into Gravitational Wave Parameter Estimates. PRL, 113(25):251101, December 2014