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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 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.
Posted 06 July 2016
Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum is hosting a new exhibit, celebrating the role of Birmingham scientists in detecting gravitational waves, the globally significant finding that will help us to understand and explore the mysteries of our universe.
Posted 15 June 2016
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration identify a further gravitational wave event in the data from the Advanced LIGO detectors
Posted 07 June 2016
The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission has successfully demonstrated the technology needed to build a space-based gravitational wave observatory, with sophisticated electronics from University of Birmingham at the heart of the instrument.