Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduates can participate in our research in a variety of ways. Possible
projects include inspiral data analysis, audio detector characterization,
measurements of mirror scattering. Other topics involved in LIGO data analysis,
detector characterization, or measurement of component physical properties are
What is most required is curiosity about this branch of physics, and the
dedication to put in a steady effort. For example, for an independent-study
research project for academic credit during the regular semester, we usually
ask for minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Summer projects are another
good way to immerse yourself in research, and paid jobs are often available.
Some examples of recent student projects:
- Construction of a Michelson interferometer.
- Servo damping of a harmonic oscillator.
- Study of mechanical resonance damping in LIGO data
classification of glitches in LIGO data.
- Sensitivity of LIGO to acoustic noise.
- Construction of scattered light measurement apparatus.