CGA Winter Research Program

5 June 2022

The ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics is pleased to announce its first Winter Research Program at its HQ at The Australian National University. 

The program runs over 5 weeks from 20 June until 22 July 2022 and best suits third-year and Honours students in Physics, Astrophysics and Engineering, currently enrolled at all universities across the country. 

The students will be supervised by our world-class academics, work closely with the Gravitational Wave Laboratory – where some of the most amazing recent research breakthroughs have been initiated – and interact with our bright HDR students. 

There is a generous allowance of up to $500/week on offer, in addition, students currently enrolled at interstate universities will receive travel and accommodation assistance. 

Projects on offer: 

  • Measuring and nulling residual amplitude modulation noise for laser stability (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Modelling laser mirror substrates and their fundamental thermal noise (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Machine learning for phasemeter cycle slip detection (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Linearising phase sensors in intersatellite weak light interferometry (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Optimising a 'tilt-locking' technique for the GRACE-FO mission frequency band  (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Feasibility study of higher order Laguerre-Gauss modes for ultra-stable laser locking  (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Investigating thermal and acoustic isolation of optical phase modulators for ultra-stable laser control systems (Supervisors: A/Prof. Kirk McKenzie, Dr Andrew Wade)
  • Improving distance estimates to type Ia supernovae (Supervisor: A/Prof. Chris Lidman)
  • Internal squeezing in coupled cavity systems (Supervisors: Dr Terry McRae, Dr Jiayi Qin)
  • Mirror Coatings for Next-Generation Gravitational-Wave Detectors  (Supervisors: Dr Terry McRae, Dr Johannes Eichholz)
  • Two micron wavelength in future ground based gravitational wave detectors  (Supervisors: Dr Terry McRae, Dr Jiayi Qin)
  • Designing High-throughput Correlators for Digital Interferometry  (Supervisor: Dr Paul Sibley)
  • Modelling Metasurface-Interferometer Interactions for Sensing  (Supervisor: Dr Chathura Bandutunga)
  • Observing long-lived gravitational waves from neutron stars with third-generation detectors (Supervisor: Dr Karl Wette)
  • Optimising a Neutron Star Extreme Matter Observatory (Supervisor: Dr Lilli Sun)
  • TorPeDO - Five-laser frequency range operating optimization  (Supervisor: Dr Sheon Chua)
  • Seismic and environmental data extraction and monitoring  (Supervisor: Dr Bram Slagmolen)

To apply:

  1. fill out the registration form via this link

  2. send your CV and your most recent academic transcript to  

Applications close on 14 June at 11:55pm and the successful applicants will be informed by 16 June. 

For further information, please contact

An information session for this program will be held at Physics Studio (bldg 38A) on Tuesday 14 June, 2022 at 12:00 noon, more information.