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Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time caused by massive accelerating objects, such as black holes. The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at Birmingham brings together expertise from a wide spectrum of disciplines to open a new window on the Universe.
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The Birmingham team were instrumental in the discovery
The research at Birmingham covers laser optics, quantum macroscopic systems, metrology, general relativity, astrophysics, advanced numerical methods and astro-statistics. The Birmingham group has strong involvement in a wide spectrum of projects in gravitational wave astronomy: Advanced LIGO; GEO 600; the Einstein Telescope; LISA Pathfinder and eLISA, and the European and International Pulsar Timing Arrays.
More information: LIGO Open Science Center data release. Paper: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.
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The detection of gravitational waves
Posted 01 June 2017
The LIGO-Virgo Team – a worldwide team of research institutions, including the University of Birmingham – has detected a new gravitational-wave signal emanating from the collision of two black holes. The discovery adds further evidence for Einstein's famous theory of general relativity, and confirms the existence of a previously unknown population of black holes.
Posted 05 April 2017
Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have made progress in understanding a key mystery of gravitational-wave astrophysics: how two black holes can come together and merge.
Posted 01 November 2016
We have produced out-of-this-world evidence to corroborate Einstein's theory of general relativity in a way that has never been done before.
Posted 04 October 2016
The University of Birmingham is set to invest £6 million in a new Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – the first of its kind in the UK.
Posted 08 July 2016
Professor Alberto Vecchio and Professor Andreas Freise from the Gravitational Wave Research Group took to the stage at TedxBrum 2016 to explain the discovery of gravitational waves.