lsc research program

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration maintains a vigorous research program overing all aspects of gravitational wave science, including the design, development, and characterization of large scale gravitational wave detectors, development of data analysis techniques and algorithms for searching for gravitational waves using detector data, understanding the astrophysical implications of our searches, and conducting fundamental and applied research needed for developing future gravitational wave detectors which can probe deeper in the universe.

Learn more about LSC research by reading the LSC research white papers below.

LSC Gravitational Wave Instrument Science White Paper

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) maintains a research and development program directed toward the improvement of the current generation of LIGO and GEO interferometers as well as toward the development of concepts, prototypes, components, and modeling for future interferometer configurations. Research is conducted broadly along four main themes: novel interferometer topologies and sensing schemes for future gravitational wave detectors, advanced high power laser concepts and prototyping for future detectors, test mass mirror and ancillary optical materials and components, and methods for improving the vibration isolation of test mass mirrors through suspension and seismic isolation.

LSC Gravitational Wave Data Analysis White Paper

The LSC-Virgo Data Analysis White Paper describes the goals, status, and plans of the data analysis teams in the LSC and Virgo Collaboration.

LSC Education and Public Outreach White Paper

The LSC Education and Public Outreach White Paper describes the goals, status, and plans of the LSC in the area of Education and Public Outreach.

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