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The primary research focus of the Washington State University Relativity Group (WSURG) is to develop methods for searching gravitational wave (GW) signals from compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars, in earth-based detectors like those belonging to Advanced LIGO (aLIGO). This quest currently includes commissioning of the aLIGO detectors, their detector characterization and collaborating with Numerical Relativists to prepare pipelines to analyze detector data to search for GW signals from compact object binaries.

Colliding Neutron Stars Detected for the First Time!

LIGO Scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne Receive 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics!

The three scientists, pioneers in the search for gravitational waves through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, have received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work related to the detections listed in the links below. (See announcement in Scientific American)

LIGO Makes Fourth Detection of Gravitational Waves!

LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves Once Again!

Gravitational Waves Detected @ LIGO for the Second Time!

Gravitational Waves Detected @ LIGO!

Our research is funded in part by National Science Foundation grant PHY-1206108.