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LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Tour – Richland

IEEE Richland Sensors Chapter Presents

LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Tour

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Tour Starts at 3 PM
Please RSVP by sending an email to maurio.grando@pnnl.gov
RSVP no later than Friday August 9th to ensure the proper number of tour guides for our group.

Non-IEEE Members Welcome!

Abstract:  The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) was designed to open the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics through the direct detection of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. LIGO’s multi-kilometer-scale gravitational wave detectors use laser interferometry to measure the minute ripples in space-time caused by passing gravitational waves from cataclysmic cosmic events such as colliding neutron stars or black holes, or by supernovae. LIGO consists of two widely-separated interferometers within the United States—one in Hanford, Washington and the other in Livingston, Louisiana—operated in unison to detect gravitational waves.

For details on LIGO, and driving directions, see the LIGO Hanford website: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA

For additional information, please contact Maurio.Grando@pnnl.gov

 

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