The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
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.
Antonios Kontos obtained his undergraduate diploma in applied physics from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. He then went on to work in the group of Professor Michael Wiescher at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his PhD in nuclear astrophysics. Following his interest in experimental astrophysics, he joined the LIGO laboratory at MIT and the exciting field of gravitational wave astronomy.
Antonios is interested in developing and using state of the art experimental techniques to address long standing astrophysical questions. His research interests lie in the development of laser interferometry techniques that will help LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, improve its sensitivity to gravitational waves and expand its bandwidth to lower frequencies. To that end, he is working on a laser interferometer set-up, designed to measure quantum radiation pressure noise, but also may have possible implications for macroscopic quantum mechanics.