LIGO-India to Join the Search for Gravitational Waves

On Feb 5, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that India will join the international effort to detect gravitational waves.

LIGO Laboratory is in the process of making extensive upgrades to its instruments. The upgrade, called Advanced LIGO, is scheduled to be complete in 2015. Under the authorization of the U.S. National Science Board, the NSF, which funds the U.S.-based LIGO Observatory, has approved the relocation of one of the three upgraded LIGO's interferometers to India. This would create a global array of earth-based interferometers, capable of precisely locating of any gravitational wave sources over a broader expansion of the sky.

The new project, called IndIGO, will have a budget of over $200M. The final approval of the project and its funding is still to be issued by the Indian government in the following months.

Read a brief overview of LIGO-India in the press release by the U.S. State Department, "US-India Bilateral Cooperation on Science and Technology".

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