Cosmic fireworks: First joint detection of gravitational and electromagnetic waves from colliding neutron stars

The beginning of gravitational-wave multimessenger astronomy
Published At: 2017-10-16 19:30 -
17 August 2017 saw a major breakthrough in astronomy, when gravitational waves from a pair of colliding neutron stars were detected for the first time by the US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Europe-based Virgo. This happens to be the strongest gravitational-wave signal detected so far, owing to the relatively close location of about 130 million light-years from earth. The detection was also confirmed by a large number of telescopes around the world that studied various forms of radiation from the merger. This is a new milestone in the success saga of advanced gravitational wave detectors, which have announced the discoveries of four black hole mergers to date. The first such detection in 2015 led to the awarding of the Nobel prize in physics this year.

Nobel prize for gravitational-wave discovery

Published At: 2017-10-03 20:22 -
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne of the LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The first joint catch by LIGO and Virgo: another black hole merger detected

Three detectors together delivered a significantly better localization of the source and access to polarizations of gravitational waves
Published At: 2017-09-27 22:00 -
The LIGO observatories in the USA observed the gravitational-wave signals from yet another merging black hole pair. This time, LIGO was joined by the Virgo observatory from Europe, which significantly contributed to the improved localization of this astronomical source in the sky, and enabled new tests of Einstein's theory based on the polarization of gravitational waves.

LIGO lab to come up in Maharashtra by 2020

Published At: 2017-07-14 11:03 -
The construction of an ultra-high vacuum environment to host the country's first LIGO detector as part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO-India) project in Maharashtra will begin by 2020, said Sekhar Basu, secretary, department of Atomic Energy.

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LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves for the Third Time

Firmly transiting into the era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Published At: 2017-06-01 20:30 -
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made another successful detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, from the merger of two massive black holes that happened three billion light years away. This firmly reiterates the remarkable launch, announced last year, of a new window of astronomy.

Remembering C V Vishveshwara, the black hole man of India

Published At: 2017-01-20 22:27 -
Professor C. V. Vishveshwara, who passed away in Bangalore recently, was one of the true pioneers of black hole physics. His notable contributions include the proof of the stability of Schwarzschild black holes and the discovery of quasi-normal modes of black holes.

Applications invited for the LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program

Published At: 2016-12-29 23:53 -
LIGO Laboratory at California Institute of Technology hosts a 10-week summer student research program every year, called the LIGO SURF Program. In consideration to 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.

Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore

Published At: 2016-10-22 10:45 -
Applications are invited for a Max Planck Partner Group Postdoctoral Fellowship at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bangalore. This fellowship is supported by the Max Planck Partner Group in Astrophysical Relativity at ICTS, working in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover.

Advanced LIGO Engineering Team awarded the Paul F. Foreman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Published At: 2016-09-15 22:00 -
Advanced LIGO Engineering Team has been awarded the Paul F. Foreman Team Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society. This award recognizes technical achievements such as product engineering, process, software and patent development, as well as contributions to society such as engineering education, publication and management, and furthering public appreciation of optical engineering.

Post-doctoral Position under CEFIPRA Project on Gravitational Waves at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, India (IISER TVM)

Published At: 2016-07-04 13:17 -
Institution: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, India
Deadline: July 22, 2016
Salary: Rs. 36,000 (first year) – Rs. 38,000 (second year) per month plus 20% House Rent Allowance
Tenure of the post: 1+ 1year (Extension to second year is subject to the performance and availability of funds)
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