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Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Dr. Evans received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in 1996 and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 2002. His post-doctoral work started at Caltech, then moved to the European Gravitational Observatory to work on the Virgo project. In 2006 he began at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a research scientist for the LIGO project, and finally in 2013 he took his current post of Assistant Professor in the department of Physics at MIT. His graduate and post-doctoral work has involved many aspects of ground-based gravitational wave instrument science, with special focus on modeling and control of kilometer-scale resonant interferometers.
Aasi, J., Abadie, J., Abbott, B. P., Abbott, R., Abbott, T. D., Abernathy, M. R., et al. (2013). Enhanced sensitivity of the LIGO gravitational wave detector by using squeezed states of light. Nature Photonics, 1–7. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.177
Chua, S. S. Y., Dwyer, S., Barsotti, L., Sigg, D., Schofield, R. M. S., Frolov, V. V., et al. (2014). Impact of backscattered light in a squeezing-enhanced interferometric gravitational-wave detector. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 31(3), 035017. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/31/3/035017
Dooley, K. L., Barsotti, L., Adhikari, R. X., Evans, M., & Fricke, T. T. (2013). Angular control of optical cavities in a radiation-pressure-dominated regime: the Enhanced LIGO case. Josa A. doi:10.1364/JOSAA.30.002618
Driggers, J. C., Evans, M., Pepper, K., & Adhikari, R. (2012). Active noise cancellation in a suspended interferometer. Review of Scientific Instruments, 83(2), 024501. doi:10.1063/1.3675891
Dwyer, S., Barsotti, L., Chua, S. S. Y., Evans, M., Factourovich, M., Gustafson, D., et al. (2013). Squeezed quadrature fluctuations in a gravitational wave detector using squeezed light. Optics Express. doi:10.1364/OE.21.019047
Evans, M., Barsotti, L., Kwee, P., Harms, J., & Miao, H. (2013). Realistic filter cavities for advanced gravitational wave detectors. Physical Review D, 88(2), 022002. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.88.022002
Fricke, T. T., Smith-Lefebvre, N. D., Abbott, R., Adhikari, R., Dooley, K. L., Evans, M., et al. (2012). DC readout experiment in Enhanced LIGO. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 29(6), 065005. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/29/6/065005
Fritschel, P., Evans, M., & Frolov, V. (2014). Balanced homodyne readout for quantum limited gravitational wave detectors. Optics Express, 22(4), 4224. doi:10.1364/OE.22.004224
Harms, J., Slagmolen, B., Adhikari, R., Miller, M., Evans, M., Chen, Y., et al. (2013). Low-frequency terrestrial gravitational-wave detectors. Physical Review D, 88(12), 122003. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.88.122003
Isogai, T., Miller, J., Kwee, P., Barsotti, L., & Evans, M. (2013). Loss in long-storage-time optical cavities. Optics Express, 21(24), 30114. doi:10.1364/OE.21.030114
Mullavey, A. J., Slagmolen, B. J., Miller, J., Evans, M., Fritschel, P., Sigg, D., et al. (2012). Arm-length stabilisation for interferometric gravitational-wave detectors using frequency-doubled auxiliary lasers. Optics Express, 20(1), 81–89.
M. Evans, L. Barsotti, P. Fritschel, “A General Approach to Optomechanical Parametric Instabilities” Phys. Lett. A 374 (2010) 665-671
M. Evans, S. Ballmer, M. Fejer, P. Fritschel, G. Harry, and G. Ogin, “Thermo-optic noise in coated mirrors for high-precision optical measurements” Phys. Rev. D 78 (2008) 102003