IndIGO, the Indian Initiative in Gravitational-wave Observations, is an initiative to set up advanced experimental facilities, with appropriate theoretical and computational support, for a multi-institutional Indian national project in gravitational-wave astronomy. Since 2009, the IndIGO Consortium has been involved in constructing the Indian road-map for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and a phased strategy towards Indian participation in realizing the crucial gravitational-wave observatory in the Asia-Pacific region. The current major IndIGO plans on gravitational-wave astronomy relate to the LIGO-India project. LIGO-India is a planned advanced gravitational-wave detector to be located in India, to be built and operated in collaboration with the LIGO USA and its international partners Australia, Germany and the UK. The project recently received the in-principle approval from the Indian government.


Applications invited for the LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program

Published At: 2018-11-13 10:11 -
LIGO Laboratory at California Institute of Technology hosts a 10-week summer student research program every year, called the LIGO SURF Program. In consideration of the upcoming LIGO-India project, LIGO has graciously agreed to host a few talented and motivated undergraduate students from Indian institutions, pre-selected by IndIGO, as part of this program.

Rana Adhikari awarded the New Horizons Prize

Published At: 2018-11-05 00:13 -
Rana Adhikari, professor of physics at California Institute of Technology was awarded the New Horizons Prize in fundamental physics, “for research on present and future ground-based detectors of gravitational waves.” The prize is shared with Matthew Evans and Lisa Barsotti of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Awarded by the same foundation that issues the Breakthrough Prizes, the New Horizons Prizes honors early-career achievements in physics and mathematics. 

Bala Iyer conferred honorary doctorate by Central University of Karnataka

Published At: 2018-07-20 10:48 -
Theoretical physicist Bala Iyer has been recently conferred an honorary doctorate by the Central University of Karnataka "in recognition of his meritorious contributions to the field of Science.” Professor Iyer has made pioneering contributions to the calculation of expected gravitational-wave signals from inspiralling binaries of black holes and neutron stars — the kind of signals that was recently detected by LIGO and Virgo.

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The existence of gravitational waves is one of the most intriguing predictions of the General Theory of Relativity proposed by Albert Einstein in 1915. Gravitational waves are distortions in the spacetime geometry that propagate with the speed of light, analogous to ripples on the surface of a pond. On 2015 September 14, the two Advanced LIGO observatories in the USA made the first direct observation of gravitational waves passing through the earth. This signal was produced by the merger of two black holes at a distance of 1.3 billion light years. This is the first of the many expected observations of this kind, that will establish the filed of gravitational-wave astronomy , opening a new window on to the Universe.

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