I’m an experimental physics PhD candidate working with the Eöt-Wash Group at University of Washington. My research ranges from improving torsion balance experiments to developing rotation sensors for the LIGO gravitational wave observatories, as well as applying these rotation sensors to surface wave seismology. My journey as a experimentalist started as an undergrad with the Humboldt State’s Gravity Lab where I worked on an experiment to test the short range behavior of gravity.

Rotation Sensors

My main research focus is developing and deploying precision rotation sensors (shown mid construction below) for the seismic isolation of the LIGO gravitational wave observatories.



In addition to helping LIGO detect gravitational waves, our rotation sensorshave found an unique application in surface wave seismology.

Selected Publications

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Implications of Dedicated Seismometer Measurements on Newtonian-Noise Cancellation for Advanced LIGO“, M. W. Coughlin, J. Harms, J. Driggers, D. J. McManus, N. Mukund, M. P. Ross, B. J. J. Slagmolen, and K. Venkateswara. Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 221104

Low Frequency Tilt Seismology with a Precision Ground Rotation Sensor,” M.P. Ross, K. Venkateswara, C.A. Hagedorn, J.H. Gundlach, J.S. Kissel, J. Warner, H. Radkins, T.J. Shaffer, M.W. Coughlin, P. Bodin. Seismological Research Letters (2017) 89 (1): 67-76.

Multi-messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger” B.P. Abbot et. al. (Many collaborations) The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 848, Number 2 (2017).

GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral“, B.P.Abbott et. al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), Physical Review Letters 119 (16), 161101 (2017).

GW170814: A Three-Detector Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Coalescence,” B. P. Abbott et. al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration) Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 141101, 2017.

GW170104: Observation of a 50-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence at Redshift 0.2,” B.P.Abbott et. al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration) Physical Review Letters 118 (22), 221101, 2017.

Tests of Short-range Gravity with a Novel Parallel Plate Torsion Pendulum,” M. Ross. Proceeding of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), 2015.

Experimental Progress on Tests of Gravity at 20 microns,” C. Cardenas, A. Harter, M. Ross. Proceeding of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), 2014.


Email: mross444@gmail.com