Welcome to the webpage of the research group of Professor Scott A. Hughes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our group is a part of MIT's Department of Physics and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
We study astrophysical systems with extremely strong
gravity in which general relativity must be used to
accurately model the systems' dynamics. A good portion of
our work is on issues relating to gravitational-wave source
modeling and gravitational-wave measurement with detectors
such as LIGO and LISA. A common theme in much of our
work is the creative use (and occasional abuse) of
general relativistic perturbation theory.
Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, MIT's Class of 1956, and MIT's Solomon
Buchsbaum Fund. We are extremely grateful for their
support, without which this work would not be