On 16 March 2018, OzGrav Deputy Director Prof David McClelland (ANU) received the International Organisation for Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing Award for Outstanding Achievements in Quantum Experimentation. In bestowing McClelland with this award, the organisation cited his “pioneering experimental work and leadership in the development of squeezed vacuum light sources in the audio-band and its successful application to the gravitational wave detector interferometers GEO and LIGO.” The award was shared in equal parts with OzGrav Partner Investigator Prof Nergis Mavalvala (MIT) and Prof Roman Schnabel (Hamburg).
Advances in this technology are sure to lead to even more discoveries. Says Prof McClelland, "manipulating the quantum world to enhance the sensitivity of world’s biggest laser interferometers will enable the deepest searches yet for new gravitational wave sources".
“It is gratifying to see Professor McClelland's pioneering work in quantum squeezing acknowledged with this prize. His group's work will enable us all to see further into the Universe and accelerate the advancement of the new field of gravitational wave astrophysics", says OzGrav Director Prof Matthew Bailes.
Image: Prof McClelland receiving his award from Prof Joerg Schmiedmayer, Chair of the International Organisation for Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computation.