Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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.

News:  University of Birmingham announces £6m for UK's first Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy



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The group at Birmingham

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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