LIGO Detectors and Data Analyses:

Current Status and Future Prospects



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2004

4:15 pm




The Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) aims to search for astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation. The instruments are nearing their design sensitivity, making this a realistic goal of the near future. Data collected during coincident, first observations of the LIGO instruments as well as with other European (GEO) and Japanese (TAMA) instruments are being analyzed by the working groups of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. I will present an overview of the project, the search methods that are employed and the first upper limit results obtained with the instruments thus far.

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