Dr. Melanie Ast

Postdoc in the “Space Interferometry” group


What is your current position at our institute?

I'm a postdoc in the LISA group.

What is your academic education?

  • Diploma studies in physics in Hannover
  • Doctoral studies in the Quantum Interferometry group at AEI in Hannover / Non-linear Quantum Optics group at ILP in Hamburg

What were your previous academic positions?

  • The current position at the AEI is the first in my academic career.

Can you please describe your research?

In my current position my research is connected to the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). I have been working on two projects within this scope: a transportable test setup to characterize the phase fidelity of potential LISA lasers and the three-backlink-experiment which explores three different options to establish an optical link between the two optical benches on each LISA spacecraft.

Read more about the planned gravitational-wave observatory LISA at lisamission.org.

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