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 joined the LIGO group at MIT as a Postdoc fellow in 2006. After three years I became a LIGO-Caltech staff member in charge of design and testing activities for the Advanced LIGO Seismic Isolation group. I have been a Senior Research Engineer with the California Institute of Technology since 2011. I perform my research and development activity on Seismic Isolation at the LIGO-MIT test facilities.
Seismic & Vibration Isolation, Inertial Sensors, Active Systems, Low-Noise Instrumentation
Matichard, F., et al. "LIGO Vibration Isolation and Alignment Platforms: an Overview of Systems, Features and Performance of Interest for the Field of Precision Positioning and Manufacturing", Proceedings of ASPE conference on Precision Control for Advanced Manufacturing Systems, 2013.
Matichard, F., et al. “Dynamics Enhancements of Advanced LIGO Multi-Stage Active Vibration Isolators and Related Control Performance Improvement”, Proceedings of the 24th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise. (2012).