Wednesday 4/07/2007, h. 11:00
LNL Meeting Room



MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Status of the search for gravitational waves with LIGO



Since November 2005, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has been collecting data at design sensivity with its three km-scale interferometers in Livingston (Louisiana, USA) and Hanford (Washington, USA). The LIGO Scientific Collaboration is currently sifting through this data, carefully looking for gravitational wave signatures. In this talk, I will survey the upper limits set so far on gravitational wave sources, describe the growing international cooperation effort with Virgo (Pisa, Italy) and GEO-600 (Hannover, Germany) and briefly discuss the prospects for the next few years.

Luca Taffarello.