AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 47 Gravitational-waves with Interferometers
Invited, Monday, 11:40am-12:30pm, January 9, 2006, Ballroom/Salon 2

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[47.01] Detecting gravitational-waves with interferometers: Giant detectors, precision measurement, and the search for the elusive waves

N. Mavalvala (MIT-Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory(LIGO))

As the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its international counterparts have completed their first scientific data runs, we enter an exciting new era of gravitational wave astronomy. I will give an introduction to gravitational wave interferometers and ongoing astrophysical searches. The present status and recent results from LIGO will be followed by a brief discussion of future enhancements and the path to higher sensitivity next-generation detectors.

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