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David Tanner - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

David Tanner

Distinguished Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

David Tanner’s research interests include instrumentation for gravitational-wave detection.


David Tanner’s research interests include instrumentation for gravitational-wave detection; search for axions, the likely dark matter in the Universe; and optical effects in solids: high-temperature superconductors, conducting polymers, highly correlated metals.

Areas of Expertise (2)



Media Appearances (2)

UF researchers discover new type of black hole

UF News  online


The UF team involved in this discovery includes Bartos, Sergey Klimenko, Guenakh Mitselmakher, David Tanner, Guido Mueller, Bernard Whiting, Paul Fulda, Steve Eikenberry and John Conklin as well as David Reitze who is the Director of the LIGO Laboratory responsible for the whole project.

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UF professor wins Sakurai prize for theoretical physics

UF News  online


“He’s a great partner, always willing to explain details and sit down to work problems out on a practical level,” said David Tanner, also a professor of physics at UF who collaborates with Sikivie on designing and constructing axion detectors. “He’s just a fountain of ideas, always thinking about new ways to evolve the axion and experiments.”

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Articles (5)

Observation of Gravitational Waves from Two Neutron Star–Black Hole Coalescences

The Astrophysical Journal Letters

R. Abbott, et al.


We report the observation of gravitational waves from two compact binary coalescences in LIGO's and Virgo's third observing run with properties consistent with neutron star–black hole (NSBH) binaries. The two events are named GW200105_162426 and GW200115_042309, abbreviated as GW200105 and GW200115; the first was observed by LIGO Livingston and Virgo and the second by all three LIGO–Virgo detectors.

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Constraints on Cosmic Strings Using Data from the Third Advanced LIGO–Virgo Observing Run

Physical Review Letters

R. Abbott, et al.


We search for gravitational-wave signals produced by cosmic strings in the Advanced LIGO and Virgo full O3 dataset. Search results are presented for gravitational waves produced by cosmic string loop features such as cusps, kinks, and, for the first time, kink-kink collisions. A template-based search for short-duration transient signals does not yield a detection.

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Tests of general relativity with binary black holes from the second LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalog

Physical Review D

R. Abbott, et al.


Gravitational waves enable tests of general relativity in the highly dynamical and strong-field regime. Using events detected by LIGO-Virgo up to 1 October 2019, we evaluate the consistency of the data with predictions from the theory. We first establish that residuals from the best-fit waveform are consistent with detector noise, and that the low- and high-frequency parts of the signals are in agreement.

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GWTC-2: Compact Binary Coalescences Observed by LIGO and Virgo during the First Half of the Third Observing Run

Physical Review X

R. Abbott, et al.


We report on gravitational-wave discoveries from compact binary coalescences detected by Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo in the first half of the third observing run (O3a) between 1 April 2019 15 ∶ 00 UTC and 1 October 2019 15 ∶ 00 UTC. By imposing a false-alarm-rate threshold of two per year in each of the four search pipelines that constitute our search, we present 39 candidate gravitational-wave events. At this threshold, we expect a contamination fraction of less than 10%.

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Population Properties of Compact Objects from the Second LIGO–Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog

The Astrophysical Journal Letters

R. Abbott, et al.


We report on the population of 47 compact binary mergers detected with a false-alarm rate of

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LIGO Tech with Prof. David Tanner