Jonathan Richardson
Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics

I am an experimental physicist in the Experimental Gravitational Physics Research Group and LIGO Lab at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). My research goals are to carry out precision tests of gravity and quantum information using cutting-edge techniques in laser interferometery. Discovery of a deviation from the predictions of relativity would open a new experimental frontier in physics. I develop new instrumentation and software in support of these goals.

Jonathan Richardson
Jonathan Richardson
Contact Information

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

Office: +1-626-395-8812
jwr {at} caltech.edu

I currently work with Professor Rana Adhikari on the upgrade and commissioning of the Advanced LIGO gravitational wave observatories. These 4km-long instruments detect transient distortions in space-time caused by collisions of stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars in the distant universe. I am also a member of 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.

For more information on either experiment, check out the links below.

Advanced LIGO Fermilab Holometer

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