What does LIGO stand for?
What does LIGO mean? This page is about the various possible meanings of the acronym, abbreviation, shorthand or slang term: LIGO.
What does LIGO mean?
- LIGO, which stands for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a large-scale physics experiment aiming to directly detect gravitational waves. Cofounded in 1992 by Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT, LIGO is a joint project between scientists at MIT, Caltech, and many other colleges and universities. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. At the cost of $365 million, it is the largest and most ambitious project ever funded by the NSF. Observations at LIGO began in 2002 and ended in 2010; no unambiguous detections of gravitational waves have been reported. The original detectors were disassembled and are currently being replaced by improved versions known as "advanced LIGO", scheduled to be operational by 2014. The international LIGO Scientific Collaboration is a growing group of researchers, over 800 individuals at roughly 50 institutions, working to analyze the data from LIGO and other detectors, and working toward more sensitive future detectors. The current spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, re-elected in March 2013, is Louisiana State University Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Gabriela González.