Dr Denis Martynov PhD

Dr Denis Martynov

School of Physics and Astronomy
Reader in Precision Measurements

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Denis Martynov works on the design of the future gravitational-wave instruments. In particular, he is interested in improving the LIGO detectors at low (< 20 Hz) and high (> 1 kHz) frequencies to observe intermediate-mass black holes and post-merger oscillations of neutron stars. The experimental effort of Denis’s group is also related to the future gravitational-wave detectors.

As a part of the Gravitational Wave Group, Denis develops a novel optical seismometer to improve seismic isolation of the future LIGO and Einstein Telescope detectors. Denis also builds a cryogenic prototype of the future instruments which will also be a testbed to study quantum motion of macroscopic mirrors. 


  • PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2015
  • Master’s in Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 2011
  • BSc in Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 2010


Dr Denis Martynov started his research in the field of gravitational waves as a graduate student. He developed an automated procedure for bringing the LIGO interferometers to the linear regime.

Denis has also helped to improve the sensitivity of the detectors up to the level when the first direct observation of gravitational waves could occur.


  • Third-year Photonics Labs
  • Tutoring
  • Year-four Project supervision

Postgraduate supervision

  • Supervision of research PhDs in gravitational wave research


  • Gravitational-wave research
  • Quantum optics
  • Applications of precision measurements

Other activities

  • Member of LIGO Scientific Collaboration


  • D.V. Martynov, E. Hall et al (LIGO-Lab). Sensitivity of the Advanced LIGO detectors at the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy. Phys. Rev. D 93 112004 (2016).
  • H. Yu, D. Martynov, S. Vitale, M. Evans et al. Prospects for detecting gravitational waves at 5 Hz with LIGO. Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 141102 (2018).
  • H. Miao, H. Yang, D. Martynov. Towards the design of gravitational-wave detectors for probing neutron star physics. Phys. Rev. D 98, 044044 (2018).
  • H. Yang, D. Martynov. Testing gravitational memory generation with compact binary mergers. Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 071102 (2018).
  • D.V. Martynov et al (LIGO-Lab). Quantum correlation measurements in interferometric gravitational wave detectors. Phys. Rev. A. 95, 043831 (2017).