HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 11. Black Holes
Oral, Monday, April 12, 1999, 2:00pm-3:31pm, Colonial Room

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[11.01] An update on the LIGO project

Rainer Weiss (MIT)

Long baseline laser interferometer gravitational wave detectors are being constructed in the United States and Europe and plans are being made for additional detectors in Japan and Australia. Initial data runs at a strain sensitivity and in a frequency band to intersect plausible astrophysical sources will begin in 2001.

The talk will include: an introduction to the basic physics of gravitational waves, the detection concepts, the noise sources that limit the sensitivity, estimates for astrophysical sources, a description of the current state of the LIGO project and, finally, a brief presentation concerning the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

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