Sir James Hough OBE FRS
James Hough is an outstanding and internationally recognised experimentalist, working in the field of gravitational wave physics. As Associate Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, he has brought the United Kingdom to the forefront of this area and has participated in the discovery of gravitational waves from coalescing black hole binary systems and coalescing neutron stars.
In order to measure strains in space of 10–23 per root hertz, James and his colleagues developed innovative and practical laboratory techniques including laser stabilisation, quasi-monolithic bonding of materials for suspension systems and measurement of ultra-low optical loss. Aspects of these techniques have been transferred to other fields and to industry.
Associate Director of Institute for Gravitational Research, Institute for Gravitational Research
Chair, Education Committee, Institute of Physics, Department of Higher Education and Research Policy
Interest and expertise
- Materials science (incl materials engineering), Instrumentation
- Astronomy and physics
- Public understanding of science
Gravitational Waves, Laser Interferometry, Delicate Mechanical Systems, Silicate Bonding