Rana Adhikari

Rana Adhikari

The Coming Decade of Gravitational Wave Detection and Astronomy

The LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA network has detected approximately 100 merging compact objects using gravitational wave detection. The next series of upgrades promises increasing our understanding of highly-warped spacetime, nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology.

To reach those astrophysical targets, the measurements will have to be improved through quantum metrology, advances in thin film materials, and AI-driven feedback controls.

Short biography

Rana Adhikari is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

He has been working on the goal of gravitational wave detection for 20 years.

His focus is on the areas of precision measurement which relate to surpassing the fundamental physics limits in order to discover new phenomena related to gravity, quantum mechanics, and the true nature of space and time.


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