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Read, Jocelyn S.

Professor of Physics

Associate Director, Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center


Office: 657-278-8753

Department: 657-278-3366


Biography: Jocelyn Read is a Professor of Physics at California State University Fullerton. Her research focuses on using gravitational-wave astronomy to answer questions in nuclear astrophysics, primarily through observations of neutron stars: how does matter behave in extreme circumstances, how do massive stars live and die, and what is the origin of heavy elements in our Universe? Read co-led the Extreme Matter team of the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra Collaborations from 2016-2022, including through the analysis of the first detected neutron-star merger, GW170817. She is contributing to the development of the next-generation gravitational-wave observatory Cosmic Explorer. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Areas of Knowledge:

  • Gravitational waves
  • Neutron stars
  • Black holes


  • Physics
  • Astronomy