Publications Projects


At Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
With the collimated beam projector at the CTIO 0.9m

Recent News

October, 2017"Toward Rapid Transient Identification and Characterization of Kilonovae" published in The Astrophysical Journal.
October, 2017"A kilonova as the electromagnetic counterpart to a gravitational-wave source" published in  Nature
October, 2017
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GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral" published in  Physical Review Letters
September, 2017: David and Ellen Lee Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at California Institute of Technology.
December, 2016Blog post on my work published at CGQ+.
September, 2016: PhD Thesis Defended: "Gravitational-wave astronomy in the LSST era"

About Me

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology where I work in PMA on ZTF, Pan-STARRS, LSST and the LIGO experiments.  My research interests include astrophysics and cosmology, gravitational waves and gravitational-wave detectors, as well as geophysics. I am a member of the Caltech Ballroom Team  and also a former member of the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, Cambridge University Dancesport Team and  Carleton's Competitive Ballroom Dance Team.

Research Advisors

Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni, PhD, California Institute of Technology
Professor Rana Adhikari, PhD, California Institute of Technology
Professor Christopher Stubbs, PhD, Harvard University
Jonathan Gair, PhD, Cambridge University

Professor Nelson Christensen, PhD, Carleton College
Jan Harms, PhD, INFN, Sezione di Firenze
Professor Eric Thrane, PhD, Monash University

Contact Information

  • Michael Coughlin
  • Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (PMA)
  • California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
  • email: michael.w.coughlin at

Michael's Curriculum Vitae

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