I’m an experimental physics PhD student working with the Eöt-Wash Group at University of Washington on precision torsion balance experiments and precision rotation sensors for LIGO. I started my journey as a experimentalist as an undergraduate with the Humboldt State’s Gravity Lab.

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.

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Weather Station App

For a long while, one of my hobbies has been playing around with code and one of my many projects actually led to a useful app!

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.

Contact:

Email: mross444@gmail.com