- PhD in experimental gravity, 2021, California Institute of Technology.
- Bachelors in Advanced Physics and Computer Science, 2014, University of Notre Dame
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Cahillane was a postdoc at LIGO Hanford Observatory from 2021-22 where he locked and analyzed the performance of the Advanced LIGO gravitational-wave detectors. Cahillane’s research includes interferometric measurement, modeling and simulation, with a focus on explaining the measured noise via simulation, and precision inference of detector parameters, with the ultimate goal of improving current detector sensitivity. He also works on development of Cosmic Explorer, the U.S. based next-generation gravitational wave observatory, which will profoundly expand our sensitivity to gravitational wave sources in the early universe.
Experimental gravity, astrophysics, lasers, optics
Long-baseline interferometry for detecting gravitational
Craig Cahillane, Georgia L. Mansell, and Daniel Sigg. “Laser frequency noise in next generation gravitational-wave detectors”. In: Opt. Express 29.25 (Dec. 2021), pp. 42144–42161. doi: 10.1364/OE.439253. url: http://opg.optica.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-29-25-42144
Thesis: Cahillane, Craig. “Controlling and Calibrating Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors”.
PhD thesis. 2021. doi: 10.7907/76JJ-MR73. url: https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05102021-070729581
Cahillane, Craig et al. “Calibration uncertainty for Advanced LIGO’s first and second observing runs”. In: Phys. Rev. D 96 (10 Nov. 2017), p. 102001. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.96.102001. url: https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.96.102001
A. Buikema, Cahillane, C., G. L. Mansell, C. D. Blair, et al. “Sensitivity and performance of the Advanced LIGO detectors in the third observing run”. In: Phys. Rev. D 102 (6 Sept. 2020), p. 062003. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.102.062003. url: https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.102.062003
2016 Breakthrough Prize in Physics