Distinguished Professor David McClelland

BSc(Hons) MSc PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director, Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics, RSPhys and RSAA
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • General Relativity And Gravitational Waves 020105
  • Lasers And Quantum Electronics 020502
  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation 020102
  • Quantum Optics 020604
  • Optical Physics 0205
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences 0201

Research interests

Research interests include the development of optical techniques for laser-interferometer-based gravitational wave detectors, the generation and application of squeezed states of light, quantum-opto-mechanics and the applciations of interferometry to high precision sensing.

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David E McClelland FAA FAPS FOSA FAIP FASA received his PhD degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1987.  He was awarded a Beverly Research Fellowship before being appointed in 1988 to The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, as a Lecturer.  He is now a Distinguished Professor and Director of the ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics, a joint Centre between the Research School of Physics and the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics.  He is the Chief Investigator for Australia's Partnership in Advanced LIGO and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational wave Discovery (OzGrav). He has won a number of prizes and awards and was a joint reciepent of the Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2020.

Researcher's projects



Projects and Grants

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Updated:  19 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers