Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: 225 Lewis Hall
Email: nkjohnso@olemiss.edu
Degrees Earned
 Ph.D. in Physics from The Pennsylvania State University (2011)
 B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from The University of Georgia (2006)
 B.MUS. in Music Performance (violin) from The University of Georgia (2006)
Experience
 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge (20172020)
 Airbus Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (20142017)
 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Theoretical Physics Institute, FriedrichSchillerUniversität Jena (20112014)
Research Interests
Dr. JohnsonMcDaniel’s primary research interests are in strong gravity and relativistic astrophysics, mostly involving gravitational waves, specifically the interplay between the modeling of gravitational wave sources and the analysis of data from current and future gravitational wave detectors to learn about astrophysics and test whether general relativity is our best description of strong gravity. This involves everything from largescale computations (for simulations or data analysis) to pencil and paper work. The systems considered these days are mostly binaries of neutron stars and/or black holes, but Dr. JohnsonMcDaniel has also worked on modeling isolated neutron stars as sources of gravitational waves. Dr. JohnsonMcDaniel is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and cochair of the Testing GR subgroup, and is also a member of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium and the Einstein Telescope Observational Science Board.
Selected Publications (nonLIGO)
 NKJM, S. Kulkarni, and A. Gupta, Inferring spin tilts at formation from gravitational wave observations of binary black holes: Interfacing precessionaveraged and orbitaveraged spin evolution, Phys. Rev. D 106, 023001 (2022)
 NKJM et al., Investigating the relation between gravitational wave tests of general relativity, Phys. Rev. D 105, 044020 (2022)
 NKJM et al., Constraining black hole mimickers with gravitational wave observations, Phys. Rev. D 102, 123010 (2020)
 A. Chen, NKJM, T. Dietrich, and R. Dudi, Distinguishing highmass binary neutron stars from binary black holes with second and thirdgeneration gravitational wave observatories, Phys. Rev. D 101, 103008 (2020)
 NKJM, A. G. Shah, and B. F. Whiting, Experimental mathematics meets gravitational selfforce, Phys. Rev. D 92, 044007 (2015)
 NKJM and B. J. Owen, Maximum elastic deformations of relativistic stars, Phys. Rev. D 88, 044004 (2013)
