Dr Ling (Lilli) Sun

Research Fellow, Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics, The Australian National University

I am a research fellow at the Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA) at the Australian National University. I am a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).

My primary research interests are gravitational-wave data analysis and studying fundamental physics from gravitational-wave observations, including:

  • continuous waves from neutron stars

  • gravitational waves from ultralight boson condensates around black holes

  • post-merger process and remnants of binary neutron star mergers

  • calibration of the gravitational-wave detectors

In particular, I am interested in bringing together the advanced computing and signal processing techniques, gravitational-wave data and theory, as well as the understanding of the instruments for gravitational-wave observation.


  • Dec 1, 2021, B. P. Abbott et al. (LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration), All-sky search for gravitational wave emission from scalar boson clouds around spinning black holes in LIGO O3 data is posted on arXiv:2111.15507 -- [ANU News]

  • Nov 18, 2021 Invited talk at IPAM Workshop (UCLA): Source inference and parameter estimation in Gravitational Wave Astronomy -- Tracking a continuous gravitational-wave signal with a hidden Markov model [YouTube]

  • Nov 2, 2021, B. P. Abbott et al. (LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration), Searches for continuous gravitational waves from young supernova remnants in the early third observing run of Advanced LIGO and Virgo is published in ApJ, 921, 80 (2021), arXiv:2105.11641

  • Nov 1, 2021 Gravitational-wave echoes from spinning exotic compact objects: numerical waveforms from the Teukolsky equation (Xin, Chen, Lo, Sun, Han, Zhong, Srivastava, Ma, Wang, Chen) is published in Phys. Rev. D 104, 104005 (2021), arXiv:2105.12313

  • Oct 7, 2021 Angular emission patterns of remnant black holes (Li, Sun, Lo, Payne, Chen) is posted on arXiv:2110.03116

  • Sep 20, 2021 A Horizon Study for Cosmic Explorer: Science, Observatories, and Community (Evans et al.) is posted on arXiv:2109.09882

  • Sep 9, 2021 IWAVE — An Adaptive Filter Approach to Phase Lock and the Dynamic Characterisation of Pseudo-Harmonic Waves (Daw, Hollows, Jones, Kennedy, Mistry, Edo, Fays, Sun) is posted on arXiv:2109.00104

  • Aug 18, 2021 Hidden Markov model tracking of continuous gravitational waves from a binary neutron star with wandering spin. III. Rotational phase tracking (Melatos, Clearwater, Suvorova, Sun, Moran, Evans) is published in Phys. Rev. D 104, 042003 (2021), arXiv:2107.12822

  • Jul 25, 2021 The imprint of superradiance on hierarchical black hole mergers (Payne, Sun, Kremer, P. D. Lasky, Thrane) is posted on arXiv:2107.11730

  • Jul 6, 2021 Invited joint talk at Sixteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting (MG16) -- Recent searches for continuous gravitational waves and the implications