EXPERIMENTAL GRAVITATIONAL & COSMOLOGICAL PHYSICS
THE RICHARDSON LAB
Our group is developing new technologies aimed at extending the astrophysical reach of gravitational-wave detectors, at the frontier of precision optical measurement. The lab is led by Prof. Jonathan Richardson in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside.
Observing gravitational radiation with higher fidelity will enable precision tests of gravity under the most extreme conditions and probe the nature of black holes. It will also independently measure cosmological expansion to high redshift, probe the interiors of neutron stars, and detect or constrain a variety of dark matter candidates. Ultimately, future space-borne detectors may resolve the Universe to its earliest moments after the Big Bang.
Check out the Research page to learn more about gravitational waves, their detection, and the research being carried out in our lab.
April 5, 2023
Congratulations to third-year Peter Carney on receiving a 2023 Goldwater Scholarship!
June 11, 2022
Congrats to our undergraduate award recipients!
Tyler Rosauer — R. Stephen White Award for Outstanding Senior Undergraduate
Peter Carney and Aiden Wilkin — Brown Williams Award for Outstanding Second-Year Undergraduate
September 1, 2021
Richardson & Papalexakis receive NSF AI grant for LIGO detector noise studies
August 17, 2021
Richardson receives NSF grant to develop advanced laser wavefront controls for LIGO
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