LISA Pathfinder ready for launch

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LISA Pathfinder, ESA’s technology demonstration mission that will pave the way for future gravitational-wave observatories in space, is being shipped to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. Exciting times! More info on LISA Pathfinder can be found here and here. The current issue of Physics Today has a very nice overview of present and future experimental efforts to detect gravitational waves.

Postdoctoral fellow George Pappas joins the gravity group

Thursday, August 13, 2015 George Pappas (formerly at the University of Nottingham) formally joined the UM gravity group on July 28. George will work with Emanuele on compact objects, gravitational-wave sources and astrophysical tests of general relativity.

For everything you always wanted to know about George and his research (but were afraid to ask), check out his nice personal webpage. Welcome, George!

New Faculty Kate Dooley joins UM and the LIGO Team

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Welcome to Assistant Professor Kate Dooley, the latest addition to the Physics and Astronomy Department and the LIGO Team. Kate holds a PhD in physics from the University of Florida and comes to UM after a post-doc at the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector in Hannover, Germany, and a post-doc at Caltech. Kate is an experimental physicist working within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Her expertise is in laser physics, optics and design of advanced gravitational-wave detectors. Welcome, Kate!

Cody’s successful Master’s defense

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On July 2, Cody Arceneaux successfully defended his Master’s of Science thesis “FScan Code Development for Advanced LIGO Detector Characterization”. Congratulations, Cody!

Energy Boost from Black Holes

Friday, June 26, 2015

Our new Physical Review Letters paper is out. Particles orbiting near a spinning black hole might collide and get ejected with much more energy than previous calculations showed. Read all about it in this APS Physics Focus story, on pro-physik (in German), at the Ole Miss website, at the IST website (in Portuguese)…