Centre for Gravitational Physics
The ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics is located within the Department of Quantum Science. We are a member institution of the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational wave Astronomy (ACIGA). We work closely with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) are members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LIGO) and are taking on specific responsibilities in the design and construction of Advanced LIGO (AdvLIGO).
Most of the research in the group is directed towards gravitational wave detection, the related area of macroscopic quantum measurement and the exploitation of gravitational waves for astronomy. Our specific research interests include advanced interferometer configurations and control systems, measurement of thermal and quantum noise, quantum noise cancellation and quantum-non-demolition (QND) techniques, data analysis, digital interferometry, Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On Mission, and frequency stabilization for LISA. For further information on our research please have a look at the various research pages. The group has a purpose built laboratory for experimental work and access to premier computing facilities. The group also has links with the ANU Quantum Optics Group.