Ian Jones is a Professor of Mathematical Physics in Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton. He works in the field of gravitational wave astronomy. He is interesting in taking on PhD students in this area. His main teaching duty is module lead for the fourth year course Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
- Gravitational wave astronomy
- Neutron stars
- Radio pulsars
Ian works in the field of gravitaitonal wave astronomy. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the scientific group that made the first ever detection of gravitational waves in 2015. The detection was of the inspiral and merger of two black holes. This simultaneously demonstarted the exisitence of these exotic objects, and confirmed the last outstanding prediction of Einstein's theory of General Relativity, with the award of a Nobel prize to the project leaders soon after.
Ian's work focuses on gravitaitonal wave emission from single spinnig neutron stars. Gravitational wave signals from such stars have yet to be detected. Ian's theoretical work is designed to help make such a detection possible, and allow astronomers to learn about the internal physics of these objects once a detection has been made.
Ian is curently module lead for MATH6172 Gravitational Waves.
Ian Jones joined the University of Southampton as a faculty member in 2004. Prior to this, Ian obtained an MA in Physics and Theoretical Physics and the Certificate for Advanced Study in Mathematics, both from the University of Cambridge. He then went on to obtain a PhD from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Cardiff, under the supervison of Prof. Bernard Schutz. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher, first in the School of Mathematics, University of Southampton, and then in the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Pennsylvania State University.