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Gautam Venugopalan

Postdoctoral Researcher
Stanford University


Measurement is a concept that is so ubiquitous in any experimental science, as it is the only avenue  through which we can understand the world, and beyond. In the last two decades, technological advances have allowed us to construct ever more precise sensors, to the point that we are now limited by the laws of quantum mechanics even when measuring systems at macroscopic scales. In this talk, I will describe two experiments I have worked on, that have leveraged lasers to preform measurements with exquisite precision. While these experiments (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and optical tweezers) are aimed at advancing fundamental physics, I will also motivate why these techniques can be of interest to the broader scientific community.


January 17, 2024


11 AM to noon (PST)


7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Vimeo recording of seminar

This webinar was recorded and is available here.