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About Us

Our researchers drive the Center as a world-class scientific research enterprise, focusing on cutting edge research, effectual public outreach and educational initiatives supporting the next generation of researchers across the world.


Spanning two colleges at WVU and inclusive of national affiliates, the people of our world-class scientific research enterprise drive the vision for both transformative, interdisciplinary astrophysics along with impactful education and public outreach.


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Our Mission

The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology addresses cutting-edge astrophysics problems that can be solved most effectively through interdisciplinary collaboration across physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering.

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Our Center

The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology brings together experts in observations, theory, instrumentation, signal processing, and data analytics who are working to characterize the universe and understand its origins through gravitational waves and complementary electromagnetic observations.

Our Center


These observatories are used by Center members for many observational and engineering projects. GBO is used in NANOGrav's search for low-frequency gravitational waves and LIGO is used by Center members searching for high-frequency waves.


Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Observatory is located in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone in Pocahontas County, WV, and home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, along with several other instruments. It is a major facility of the National Science Foundation, and is operated by Associated Universities, Incorporated.

Green Bank Observatory
Aerial view of the Green Bank Telescope


Advanced LIGO

Advanced LIGO consists of two separated installations, one in Hanford, WA and the other in Livingston, LA. They operate in unison as a single observatory.

Aerial photo of one of the Advanced LIGO complexes