Curriculum vitae

Jonathan Richardson
Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics

I am an experimental physicist in the Experimental Gravitational Physics Group and LIGO Laboratory at Caltech. My research goal is to test gravity in extreme regimes and illuminate the nature of black holes through precision measurement of gravitational radiation. Discovery of a deviation from the predictions of relativity will open a new experimental frontier in physics. In support of these efforts, I develop novel technologies and instrumentation to push the limits of gravitational wave detection.

Jonathan Richardson
Preparing a prototype optical wavefront actuator for installation at LIGO Livingston.
Jonathan Richardson
Contact Information

LIGO Laboratory
West Bridge, Room 360
1200 E. California Blvd.
MC 100-36
Pasadena, CA 91125 USA

Office: (626) 395-8812
jwr {at}

I currently work with Professor Rana Adhikari on the upgrading and commissioning of the Advanced LIGO gravitational wave observatories. These 4km-long instruments detect sub-attometer disturbances in space-time caused by collisions of stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars in the distant universe.

I previously worked on the Holometer 40m-long laser interferometry experiment based at Fermilab. The Holometer is the first instrument in the world capable of searching for correlated variations in space-time four-position (geometrical "noise") at strain noise power spectral densities smaller than a Planck time.

Advanced LIGO Fermilab Holometer

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