A (relatively formal) piece about LIGO

“We did it!”

David Reitze, Executive Director of LIGO


LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) made quite a media splash, announcing its successful detection of gravity waves for the first time in history. Its cosmological and astrophysical implications are incredibly fascinating, but topics for which I am currently better suited as a reader. When it comes to the optics, however, I’d like to think that’s where I shine (shameless pun intended).

I am lucky enough to know David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, and he kindly spoke with me about the project. So for those of you interested in how the most sensitive measurement in the world was made, I recently wrote an article about LIGO’s setup for Photonics Online.

Though I’ve been shamefully lax in writing regular blog articles here (and I do hope to correct that trend soon),  I will link to other written pieces I produce whenever possible. Please feel free to leave comments or send me feedback here. Happy Reading!  (In case you missed the link in the previous paragraph, the article is: here.)