David Reitze

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David Reitze holds joint positions as the Executive Director of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (https://www.ligo.caltech.edu) and as a Professor of Physics at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in ultrafast laser spectroscopy in 1990 and has worked extensively in the area of experimental gravitational-wave detection for the past 20 years. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.


Viewpoint: Paving the Way to Space-Based Gravitational-Wave Detectors

The first results from the LISA Pathfinder mission demonstrate that two test masses can be put in free fall with a relative acceleration sufficiently free of noise to meet the requirements needed for space-based gravitational-wave detection. Read More »