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Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

Our Center

 

Experts

The Center will bring together experts who are working to characterize the universe and understand its origins.

Maura McLaughlin in classroom

Our experts will now be able to collaborate on gravitational waves and complementary electromagnetic observations through observations, theory, instrumentation, signal processing, and data analytics.

Observatories

The Center will also build and sustain strong links to electromagnetic and gravitational observatories.

Green Bank Telescope

The Center will strengthen existing links to high-energy  observatories like Swift and Fermi and establish new links to existing IR/optical/UV observatories that are sensitive to potential electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave sources. The Center will also collaborate with future large scale, large field-of-view transient event surveys in various bands that are well-suited to detecting electromagnetic counterparts.

Outreach

Providing outreach to K-12 students and the general public is critical to the center’s goals.

Students posing in front of the Green Bank Telescope

By applying programs such as the Pulsar Search Collaboratory and PFC related communications and events, using the facilities at WVU, and developing planetarium shows to highlight the work of the Center, we can bring a better understanding of the universe to our community.