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.
I was born in 1982 in Philadelphia, and lived there until I was 18. I moved to Minnesota for college, and to Austin, Texas for graduate school. I received my Ph.D. in atomic physics in 2012, and am now working as a postdoctoral associate with LIGO at MIT. Along the way, I have also lived in Rennes, France and Budapest, Hungary.
My research focuses on quantum back action noise, specifically as applied to LIGO. We are investigating this noise using a microgram oscillator, whose position is measured by light circulating in an optical cavity.
“The Atomic Coilgun and Single Photon Cooling: A Method for Trapping and Cooling of Hydrogen Isotopes,” A. Libson, S.T. Bannerman, R.J. Clark, T.R. Mazur and M.G. Raizen, Hyperfine Interactions, (2012), DOI:10.1007/s10751-012-0586-7 “Stopping supersonic beams with a series of pulsed electromagnetic coils: An atomic coilgun,” E. Narevicius, A. Libson, C.G. Parthey, I. Chavez, J. Narevicius, U. Even, and M.G. Raizen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 093003 (2008)
Honors and awards:
The William S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship, 2008 Distinction in Physics, Carleton College, 2004