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      LIGO: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory

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          LIGO: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

          The goal of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project is to detect and study astrophysical gravitational waves and use data from them for research in physics and astronomy. LIGO will support studies concerning the nature and nonlinear dynamics of gravity, the structures of black holes, and the equation of state of nuclear matter. It will also measure the masses, birth rates, collisions, and distributions of black holes and neutron stars in the universe and probe the cores of supernovae and the very early universe. The technology for LIGO has been developed during the past 20 years. Construction will begin in 1992, and under the present schedule, LIGO's gravitational-wave searches will begin in 1998.
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                Journal
                Reports on Progress in Physics
                Rep. Prog. Phys.
                IOP Publishing
                0034-4885
                1361-6633
                July 01 2009
                July 01 2009
                June 30 2009
                : 72
                : 7
                : 076901
                10.1088/0034-4885/72/7/076901
                © 2009

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