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The CSUF Gravitational-Wave Group is involved with the search for astronomical gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein in his 1915 theory of General Relativity. In 1993 Hulse and Taylor were awarded the Nobel Prize for indirect evidence that gravitational waves are being emitted from a binary system of neutron stars. Over the past decade several km-scale laser interferometers, such as LIGO, Virgo and GEO600, have been commissioned to search the Universe for gravitational waves from astronomical systems including supernovae explosions, coalescing neutron star and/or black hole binaries, rapidly spinning neutron stars, and the Big Bang itself.

The CSUF Gravitational-wave Group became a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in 2009. The focus of the group is on improving the astronomical range of searches for gravitational waves through detector development and characterization. The group labs are located in Dan Black Hall, room 167.

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