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Members of the Center work closely with colleagues both throughout the world and within the state of West Virginia.

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NANOGrav is a collaboration of scientists using the largest radio telescopes in the world to observe pulsars, rapidly spinning neutron stars emitting regular pulses of radio emission, in order to detect and study gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time. NANOGrav will detect these waves from pairs of supermassive black holes at the centers of merging galaxies.
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) uses a network of precision instruments to search for gravitational waves from the mergers of pairs of exotic neutron stars and black holes, the dense remnants of stellar collapses. It has detected gravitational waves from a pair of black holes that are tens of times more massive than the Sun.
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Marshall University Physics Department is well grounded in research. Physics majors are strongly encouraged to get involved in research early in their studies. Research topics span a wide range of subjects, from colliding black holes to young sun-like stars to new materials for solar energy conversion, and the methodology can be theoretical, computational, experimental, or observational.
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The Astrophysics Group at Shepherd, housed within the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, consists of faculty and students engaged in research and outreach. We have several ongoing research programs; our continued publication and presentation activities in these fields keep our course offerings current and meaningful. We also focus on a mission of outreach, serving the Shepherd University community and the greater public at large by sharing the wonders of the Universe with them.
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Undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with faculty on research that is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Air Force, and other national funding organizations.