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The National Science Foundation has awarded Jocelyn Read $126,000 in funding for the three-year research project "RUI: Dense Matter and Gravitational Waves: The Coalescence of Neutron Star Binaries."

Jocelyn Read and Geoffrey LovelaceJocelyn Read and Geoffrey Lovelace at their new Orange County Relativity Cluster for Astronomy (ORCA).

This award will support research by Jocelyn and her students to understand the effects on neutron star matter on the inspiral and merger of binary neutron-star systems. The results will be used by Read and other scientists in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration to perform more accurate searches for gravitational-waves and to better estimate the parameters (distances, orientations, component masses and spins) of the first gravitaional wave detections. Gravitational-wave measurements of neutron-star matter effects will potentially shine new light on the equation of state of matter above nuclear density, which is currently uncertain and a key research topic in both nuclear physics and astrophysics.

Jocelyn joined CSUF as an assistant professor of physics in 2012 and has kicked off a very active research program. She is currently mentoring a number of students on astrophysics projects, has co-authored several papers, and has collaborated with GWPAC faculty member Geoffrey Lovelace to build and administer the Orange county Relativity Cluster for Astronomy (ORCA) - a 240 core supercomputer located on the CSU Fullerton campus. With this NSF support, Jocelyn and her students will deepen their neutron-star research with the goal of helping Advanced LIGO and its international partners to make and interpret the first direct detections of gravitational waves from neutron star binaries.

Congratulations Jocelyn! We can't wait to see your results.