Daniel Brown

Dr Daniel Brown

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher B

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Daniel obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2016. There he worked on developing the new optical modelling software FINESSE (www.gwoptics.org/finesse) which is used for designing and debugging precision interferometric experiments, such as LIGO. Following this he undertook research position in the UK Quantum Hub studying how to enhance atom interferometers with optical cavities. Part of this time was spent visiting the 10m atom fountain experiment at Stanford, USA. He then returned to Gravitational waves in 2017 taking up research post at the the University of Adelaide where he works on local research as well performing on-site and remote commissioning of the LIGO detectors. His current research interests lie in pushing the boundaries of precision optical measurements for enhancing next generation gravitational wave detectors through advanced wavefront sensing and improved numerical modelling methods. As of 2020, he is the chair of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration Advanced Interferometer Configuration (AIC) and the Einstein Telescope Low-Frequency optical design and control scheme working groups.

2023 ARC DECRA: Gravitational wave detectors for observing the Cosmic Dawn (DE230101035)

2023 ARC LIEF: Adaptive Optics for Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors (LE230100122)

Computational Physics III - Modelling with Python 

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor Birefringence Measurements of Crystalline Silicon Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Mitchell Louis Richardson
    2022 Co-Supervisor Advanced Instrumentation for current and next generation gravitational wave detectors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Madison Dallas Simmonds
    2020 Co-Supervisor Machine Learning and Phase Camera applications for Gravitational Wave Detectors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Gordon Schiworski
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Wavefront modelling and sensing for advanced gravitational wave detectors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexei Ciobanu
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Control Towson University, Maryland, USA International Research Experience for Undergraduates Other Full Time Jonathan Perry
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Neural network analysis of optical lock-in cameras images University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Mitchell Gordon Schiworski
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member 2020 GWIC-Braccini Thesis Selection Committee Gravitational Wave International Committee United States
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2011 - ongoing Member LIGO Scientific Collaboration Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Co-Chair of the Einstein Telescope Low-Frequency Work Package 3.2 Einstein Telescope Collaboration Netherlands
    2020 - ongoing Chair of the Advanced Interferometer Configuration Working Group LIGO Scientific Collaboration United States
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher B
  • Phone: 83137773
  • Email: daniel.brown@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Physics, floor G
  • Org Unit: Physics

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