Dr Robert Ward

PhD, Physics, California Institute of Technology (2010)
Senior Lecturer
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation 020102
  • General Relativity And Gravitational Waves 020105
  • Classical And Physical Optics 020501
  • Lasers And Quantum Electronics 020502
  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Quantum Optics 020604

Research interests

My research interests include interferometry development for precision measurement related to gravitational wave detection, such as the development of squeezed light sources and low-frequency gravitational force sensors, as well as commissioning of the Advanced LIGO interferometers.  Half of my research is also devoted to developing measurement technologies for space applications, including coherent free space laser links, coherent beam combining for high power laser systems, and precision laser tracking and remote manouevring of space debris.  


Robert Ward has been working to detect gravitational waves since 2003, when he joined the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) lab as a PhD student at the California Institute of Technology.  There he worked at the 40m interferometer, prototyping the Advanced LIGO and searching for a stochastic background of gravitational waves. From Caltech he went to the Astroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory (APC) in Paris, where he carried out the optical design for the Advanced Virgo gravitational wave detector.  He is now a  Fellow (Senior Lecturer) in the Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics at the Australian National University.  At the ANU, his work includes technology development for gravitational wave detection, precision measurement in space/satellite technology, and the development of methods and techniques for space debris tracking and mitigation. He is an author of over 200 peer reviewed publications.  


Projects and Grants

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