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Improving Fibre Laser Sources for Future Gravitational Wave Detectors

Gravitational wave interferometers require ultra-stable lasers to achieve their ultimate sensitivity.

Unfortunately, environmental effects degrade the performance of the laser. In this project you will join the team developing 2 µm fibre laser sources and investigate the isolation of the laser cavities from the environment.

This could include the development of seismic actuation and sensing systems, the design of temperature control and isolation hardware and the investigation of liquid metal cooled fibre lasers.

This project is part of the research program within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), and includes research toward upgrading the sensitivity of the current generation of detectors, analysing data from those detectors and the development of technology for future detectors.

Tagged in Honours projects - Physics, Honours Projects - Peter Veitch, Honours Projects - Sebastian Ng, Honours in Physics subtheme - Gravitational waves, Honours in Physics subtheme - Optics lasers and photonics

Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition