My primary interest in to understand our universe by measuring the four-dimensional ripples on the spacetime fabric (aka Gravitational Waves). I work on the LIGO experiment which detected these waves after 100 years since Einstein first predicted in 1915. Our first gravitational wave detection came from collision of Black Holes, which also nicely matched with my supercomputer simulations. My current research is to hunt for gravitaitonal waves from massive black holes that may have formed from the very first stars in our universe. On other days, I probe the interface of Science & Technology with National Security strategies. Apart from the mysteries of our universe, I deeply care about Student Affairs and Education Policy at all levels: from K-12 schools to universities.

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  1. K. Jani, J. Healy, J. A. Clark, L. London, P. Laguna, D. Shoemaker, “Georgia Tech Catalog of Gravitational Waveforms”, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Special Issue Article (2016), arXiv:1605.03204 

  2. K.Jani, “Impact of International Cooperation for Sustaining Space-Science Programs”, (2016), Submitted to Space Policy Journal, arXiv:1610.08618 

  3. K.Jani, “The Promise and Prejudice of Big Data in Intelligence Community”, (2016), Submitted to DRDO Journal, arXiv: 1610.08629

  4. K. Jani, L. S. Finn, M. Benacquista, “Pointing LISA-like gravitational wave detectors”, (2013),  Resubmitting to Physical Review D Journal, arXiv:1306.3253

  5. D. Shoemaker, K. Jani, L. London and L. Pekowsky, “Connecting Numerical Relativity and Data Analysis of Gravitational Wave Detectors”, Proceedings of the Third Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics, Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, vol. 40, 245 (2015) 

  • K. Jani as part of LIGO Scientific Collaboration:
  1. “Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions” [major contribution], Physical Review D 93, 122004 (2016), arXiv:1602.03843 

  2. “Directly comparing GW150914 with numerical solutions of Einstein's equations for binary black hole coalescence”, [major contribution], Physical Review D 94, 064035 (2016) arXiv:1606.01262

  3. “Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger”, Physical Review Letter 116, 061102 (2016), arXiv:1602.03837

  4. “GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence”, Physical Review Letter 116, 241103 (2016), arXiv:1606.04855

  5. “Astrophysical Implications of the Binary Black-Hole Merger GW150914”, ApJL, 818, L22 (2016), arXiv:1602.03846

  6. “GW150914: The Advanced LIGO Detectors in the Era of First Discoveries”,  Physical Review Letter 116, 131103 (2016), arXiv:1602.03838

  7. “GW150914: First results from the search for binary black hole coalescence with Advanced LIGO”,  Physical Review D 93, 122003 (2016), arXiv:1602.03839

  8. “Properties of the binary black hole merger GW150914”, Physical Review Letter 116, 241102 (2016), arXiv:1602.03840

  9. “Tests of general relativity with GW150914”, Physical Review Letter 116, 221101 (2016), arXiv:1602.03841

  10. “GW150914: Implications for the stochastic gravitational-wave background from binary black holes”, Physical Review Letter116, 131102 (2016), arXiv:1602.03847

  11. “High-energy Neutrino follow-up search of Gravitational Wave Event GW150914 with IceCube and ANTARES”, Physical Review D 93, 122010 (2016), arXiv:1602.05411

  12. “Localization and broadband follow-up of the gravitational-wave transient GW150914”, AstroPhysicalJ. 826 (2016) no.1, L13, arXiv:1602.08492

  13. “Search for Transient Gravitational Waves in Coincidence with Short Duration Radio Transients”, Physical Review D 93, 122008 (2016), arXiv:1605.01707

  14. “Binary Black Hole Mergers in the first Advanced LIGO Observing Run”, Physical Review X 6, 041015 (2016) arXiv:1606.04856

  15. “Comprehensive All-sky Search for Periodic Gravitational Waves in the Sixth Science Run LIGO Data”,  Physical Review D 94, 042002 (2016), arXiv:1605.03233

  16. “The basic Physics of the binary black hole merger GW150914”, Annalen Physical (2016), arXiv:1608.01940

  17. “Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914”, Classical & Quantum Gravity, 33, 134001 (2016), arXiv:1602.03844

  18. “Upper limits on the rates of binary neutron star and black-hole neutron-star mergers from Advanced LIGOs first observing run”, (2016), arXiv:1607.07456 

  19. “Search for continuous gravitational waves from neutron stars in globular cluster NGC 6544”, (2016), arXiv:1607.02216

  20. “An all-sky search for long-duration gravitational wave transients with LIGO”, Physical Review D 93, 042005 (2016), arXiv:1511.04398

  21. “The Rate of Binary Black Hole Mergers Inferred from Advanced LIGO Observations Surrounding GW150914”, (2016), arXiv:1602.03842

  22. “Calibration of the Advanced LIGO detectors for the discovery of the binary black-hole merger GW150914”, (2016), arXiv:1602.03845

  23. “A First Targeted Search for Gravitational-Wave Bursts from Core-Collapse Supernovae in Data of First-Generation Laser Interferometer Detectors”, (2016), arXiv:1605.01785

  24. “An improved analysis of GW150914 using a fully spin-precessing waveform model”, (2016), arXiv:1606.01210

  25. “Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data running on the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project”, (2016), arXiv:1606.09619