Robert HynesHynes

Professor of Physics

Ph.D., 1999 - The Open University

Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
247-A Nicholson Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
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Research Interests

Multiwavelength Observational Astronomy

My research involves multiwavelength observations of accreting compact objects such as black holes, neutron stars, and black holes. My primary interests are in applying such observations to understand the structure, physical conditions, and astrophysics of the accretion flows onto these objects in both X-ray bright phases and quiescent states, determining the masses of the compact objects, and most recently searching for new objects as part of the Galactic Bulge Survey. To address these interests I have used a variety of space-based telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler, and Extreme UltraViolet Explorer for ultraviolet and optical observations and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton Observatory, Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, and MAXI instrument for high-energy data, together with several ground-based optical, infrared, and radio facilities including the Gemini Observatory and the Very Large Telescope.

Current and Select Publications

  • Wang, L.; Steeghs, D.; Casares, J.; Charles, P. A.; Muoz-Darias, T.; Marsh, T. R.; Hynes, R. I.; O'Brien, K., MNRAS, 466, 2261, "System mass constraints for the accreting millisecond pulsar XTE J1814-338 using Bowen fluorescence" (2017)


  • Wevers, T.; Jonker, P. G.; Nelemans, G.; Torres, M. A. P.; Groot, P. J.; Steeghs, D.; Maccarone, T. J.; Hynes, R. I.; Heinke, C.; Britt, C., MNRAS, 466, 163, "Candidate H emission and absorption line sources in the Galactic Bulge Survey" (2017)


  • Johnson, Christopher B.; Torres, M. A. P.; Hynes, R. I.; Jonker, P. G.; Heinke, C.; Maccarone, T.; Britt, C. T.; Steeghs, D.; Wevers, T.; Wu, J., MNRAS, 446, 129, "CXOGBS J174954.5-294335: a new deeply eclipsing intermediate polar" (2017)


  • Hynes, Robert I.; Schaefer, Bradley E.; Baum, Zachary A.; Hsu, Ching-Cheng; Cherry, Michael L.; Scaringi, Simone, MNRAS, 459, 3596, "Kepler K2 observations of Sco X-1: orbital modulations and correlations with Fermi GBM and MAXI" (2016)


  • Gandhi, P.; Littlefair, S. P.; Hardy, L. K.; Dhillon, V. S.; Marsh, T. R.; Shaw, A. W.; Altamirano, D.; Caballero-Garcia, M. D.; Casares, J.; Casella, P.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Charles, P. A.; Dallilar, Y.; Eikenberry, S.; Fender, R. P.; Hynes, R. I.; Knigge, C.; Kuulkers, E.; Mooley, K.; Muoz-Darias, T.; Pahari, M.; Rahoui, F.; Russell, D. M.; Hernndez Santisteban, J. V.; Shahbaz, T.; Terndrup, D. M.; Tomsick, J.; Walton, D. J., MNRAS, 459, 554, "Furiously fast and red: sub-second optical flaring in V404 Cyg during the 2015 outburst peak" (2016)


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