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: This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the detection of gravitational waves. Find out the role Birmingham played and our role in the first direct observation of colliding neutron stars.
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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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