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Prof. Vivishek Sudhir
Vivishek Sudhir
Assistant Professor

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Theoretical physicists think I’m an experimentalist, while experimentalists think I’m a theorist. I try to do experiments when theory suggests that it’s time to ask nature a question.

The kinds of questions that interest me are at the interface of fundamental physics (“Is gravity quantum?”), precision measurements (“What are the physical limits to measuring displacements and forces?”), and quantum control (“How can quantum systems be made to follow a desired trajectory despite the uncertainty principle?”). These interests may have been tempered by an early predilection for physics after reading ‘A Brief History of Time’ in high school, a subsequent education in electrical engineering, then theoretical quantum optics, and a PhD in quantum measurements and control. I also maintain strong ties with the MIT LIGO Laboratory, where I worked as a postdoc. 

It is my firm belief that to do beautiful science, one has to be sensitive to beauty in other spheres of activity; oil painting used to be the primary instrument to explore that, but these days, large format photography takes its place. When the sun is out, I’m also an avid cyclist.


I am a PhD candidate in the MIT department of Mechanical Engineering.

My research centers around the use of cavity optomechanics to measure the effects of quantum gravity. My work primarily concerns the isolation of the mirrors from external noise.

Before I was at MIT, I was at the Georgia Institute of Technology where I did my Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. My undergraduate research was at the Micromachined Sensors and Transducers (MiST) lab where I worked on acousto-optic sensors for interventional MRI.

Outside of research, I enjoy learning how to cook new cuisines and making combat robots.

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I am a PhD candidate in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.

My research focuses on the use of precision measurements to experimentally access quantum gravity regime. Currently, I am working on enhancing the sensitivity of angular motion readout toward measurement-based feedback cooling of macroscopic torsional oscillators.

Before coming to MIT, I received B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo Tech and the University of Tokyo, respectively. Then, I completed my military duty at KAIST as a research associate. My previous research centered around ultrafast lasers, frequency combs, and microengineering.

Outside of research, I enjoy playing sports and cooking.


I am a Master’s student in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

My research focuses on precise force measurement using a quantum approach, specifically working on high-sensitivity force measurement utilizing microwave and trapped electron. 

Before joining MIT, I received Bachelor’s degree in Electric and Electronic Engineering from SUSTECH. In my senior year, I studied at MIT MechE as an undergraduate special student. My previous research centered around microwave filter design and microwave sensing. 

Apart from research, I enjoy cooking, skiing, and playing basketball


I am an undergraduate student in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

My contributions to the Quantum and Precision Measurements Group involve assisting with the construction of optical experiments by which more senior researchers investigate quantum gravity. 

Before MIT, I won first-place awards for my engineering and materials science projects at the International Science and Engineering Fair. I’ve always valued my engineering projects and I’m very grateful to be able to continue them at MIT and with the QPMG.

Past members

Current position: Harvard Physics PhD student

Current position: MIT Cosmic Dawn Group