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.


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

July 15, 2021

Looking for students to join our group!

We have open positions for graduate and undergraduate students on hardware and simulation projects beginning in Fall 2021. Please contact jonathan.richardson@ucr.edu to find out more.

Funding provided by:

National Science Foundation