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Martin P. McHugh

Associate Professor of Physics

Martin P. McHugh
Martin P. McHugh

Prof. Martin McHugh has been with the department since 2000. His research is the in the area of gravitation and precision measurements, as well as quantum optics and entanglement. His current work is on an experiment to test Bell's Inequality as well as a longer term project on the history of gravitational experiments. Dr. McHugh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also worked at the Air Force Geophysics Lab in Bedford, Massachusetts; the Observatory of Besançon in France; and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His research has included experiments to test the gravitational equivalence principle, tests of Newton’s inverse square of gravitation, pulsar timing studies, and the detection of gravitational waves.

Recent Publications

  • IGEC2: A 17-month search for gravitational wave bursts in 2005–2007 Phys. Rev. D 82, 022003 (2010)
  • An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin, Nature 460 990 (2009)
  • First cross-correlation analysis of interferometric and resonant-bar gravitational-wave data for stochastic backgrounds, Phys. Rev. D 76, 022001 (2007)
  • Searching for a Stochastic Background of Gravitational Waves with LIGO, Ap. J. 659, 918 (2007)
  • Calibration of the ALLEGRO resonant detector, Class. Quantum Grav. 22 S965-S973 (2005)


Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Electromagnetism and Relativity (PHYS A102)
  • Electricity and Magnetism Lab (PHYS A104)
  • Physics Lab (PHYS A112 - 113)
  • Physics for Life Sciences (PHYS A115-116)
  • Introduction to Thermal Physics (PHYS A241)
  • Classical Mechanics (PHYS A340)
  • Electromagnetism (PHYS A350)
  • Lasers and Modern Optics (PHYS A425)
  • Introduction to Astrophysics (PHYS A438)
  • Advanced Laboratory Physics (PHYS A445)
  • Gravitational Wave Physics (PHYS A494)
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb (PHYS T121)
  • The Physics of Sound (PHYS Y231)
  • Investigating Nature (SCIE T129)