This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. With interest in this topic piqued by the centennial, scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and international partners will discuss their ongoing efforts to observe gravitational waves. LIGO, a system of two identical detectors carefully constructed to detect incredibly tiny vibrations from passing gravitational waves, was conceived and built by researchers at MIT and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), funded by the National Science Foundation, with significant contributions from other U.S. and international partners. The twin detectors are located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. Research and analysis of data from the detectors is carried out by a global group of scientists, including the LSC, which includes the GEO600 Collaboration, and the VIRGO Collaboration.
For additional background about the project, you may be interested in these websites:
- LIGO Lab: (Observatories: Livingston | Hanford)
- Advanced LIGO
- LIGO Scientific Collaboration
- LIGO Partner Experiments and Collaborations
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. EST
LIVE WEBCAST: This event will be simulcast live online. Watch here.