Dr Borja Sorazu

Dr Borja Sorazu

Dr Borja Sorazu

Research Fellow

Room 351

Tel: x6435

Email: Borja.Sorazu@glasgow.ac.uk

ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6178-3198

My research interest focuses on high precision measurement science, in particular on advanced interferometry and thermal noise reduction for the development of ground-based gravitational wave interferometer detectors. This includes the development and implementation of length sensing and control schemes (analogue and digital); high performance, low noise laser frequency and amplitude stabilization; direct interferometric measurements of test-mass thermal noise; interferometry with higher-order Laguerre-Gauss beams; and characterisation and commissioning of the gravitational wave detectors Advanced LIGO (US detectors) and GEO 600 (GEO-HF, German/British detector).

I am also interested on novel non-contact and non-destructive photoacoustic imaging techniques for measurement of the mechanical properties of materials and thin films, with applications on structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing.

Another interest of mine is to apply micro-computer solutions (f.i. Raspberry Pi) to a variety of practical problems and for outreach applications. 'LIGO in your hands' highly portable and interactive Michelson interferometer is a recent example of this interest, you can find a short demo video here.

Teaching: I teach the Optics course for 2nd year undergraduate Physics and supervise the Laboratory 'Skills revolution' tutorials for 3rd year undergraduate Physics. Previously I taught the module Electricity, Electronics and Magnetism II for the Level 1 course Physics 1 and supervised Workshop/tutorials for this course, I have also taught the Physics module 'Energy in the Environment' for the Level 1 course Environmental Biology I and Environmental Science I. I have also supervised 4th year MSc project literature review groups and I have supervised multiple postgraduate MSc and BSc projects.