Core Faculty

Antonios Kontos

Antonios Kontos

Assistant Professor of Physics (at Bard since 2017)
Office: Rose 115
Phone: (845) 758-4391
I am interested in developing and using state of the art experimental techniques to address long standing astrophysical questions. Currently, my research interests lie in the development of precision laser interferometry techniques that help LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, detect gravitational waves. Undergraduate students joining the Gravitational-wave Optics Laboratory here at Bard College have the opportunity to work with state of the art laser systems, optical components and electronics. 

Ph.D., Physics, University of Notre Dame (2012)
M.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame (2008)
Diploma, Applied Physics, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece (2006)

Teaching Experience
2017 to present: Assistant Professor of Physics, Bard College
2006 to 2008:  Teaching Assistant, Physics Department, University of Notre Dame

Physics Research Experience
2014 to 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, LIGO Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2012 to 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Superconducting Cyclotron, MSU, East Lansing, MI
2006 to 2012: Research Assistant, Nuclear Science Laboratory, University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications
LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration, GW170104: Observation of a 50-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence at Redshift 0.2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 221101 (2017).

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration, GW170814: A Three-Detector Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Coalescence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 141101 (2017).

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration, GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 161101 (2017).

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration, GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 241103 (2016).

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration, Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2016).

R. J. deBoer, J. Gorres, K. Smith, E. Uberseder, M. Wiescher, A. Kontos, G. Imbriani, A. Di Leva, F. Strieder., Monte Carlo Uncertainty of the 3He(α,γ)7Be reaction rate, Phys. Rev. C 90, 035804 (2014).

K.A. Chipps, U. Greife, D.W. Bardayan, J.C. Blackmon, A. Kontos, L.E. Linhardt, M. Matos, S.D. Pain, S.T. Pittman, A. Sachs, H. Schatz, K.T. Schmitt, M.S. Smith, P. Thompson, The Jet Experiments in Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics (JENSA) Gas Jet Target, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A 763 (2014) 553-564.

A. Kontos, E. Uberseder, R. deBoer, J. Gorres, C. Akers, A. Best, M. Couder, M. Wiescher, Astrophysical S factor of 3He(α,γ)7Be, Phys. Rev. C 87, 065804 (2013).