On February 11th, 2016 we announced to the world the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a pair of black holes colliding into each other 1.3 billion light-years away. After an accumulation of 40 years of research (of which I had a small part in), we did it!
Here is the Physical Review Letter for the detection paper.
If you’re unfamiliar with GWs, here are some fun ways to explain them.
I am a graduate student at Syracuse University Physics Department in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) group. Specifically, I’m looking at ways to improve the sensitivity of the instrument by Adaptive Mode-Matching technique.
Before beginning graduate school, I spent 3 years as an Operations Specialist at LIGO Hanford where I helped install advanced upgrades to the Auxiliary Optical Systems.