The LIGO gravitational wave observatories: recent results and future plans

G. M. Harry, R. Adhikari, C. A. Cantley, The LIGO Scientific Collaboration

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The LIGO interferometers are operating as gravitational wave observatories, with a noise level near an order of magnitude of the goal and the first scientific data recently taken. This data has been analyzed for four different categories of gravitational wave sources; millisecond bursts, inspiralling binary neutron stars, periodic waves from a known pulsar, and stochastic background. Research and development is also underway for the next generation LIGO detector, Advanced LIGO.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Tenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the MG10 Meeting held at Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF)
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


  • gravitational waves
  • LIGO
  • interferometers
  • gravitational wave observatories
  • neutron star


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