Nergis Mavalvala

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala

Curtis (1963) and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics

Gravitational waves: from first detections to mapping out the observable Universe

The first ever detections of gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars have launched a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Due to their exquisite precision, these detectors also provide opportunities for studying quantum phenomena on unprecedented scales. The sensitivity of current interferometric gravitational wave detectors is almost entirely limited by quantum noise. I will explore the quantum limit and describe experimental progress toward circumventing it.