Dedication of Advanced LIGO

Read Press Release by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Advanced LIGO Project, a major upgrade that will increase the sensitivity of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories instruments by a factor of 10 and provide a 1,000-fold increase in the number of astrophysical candidates for gravitational wave signals, was officially dedicated today in a ceremony held at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Washington.

Dr David Reitze, LIGO Executive Director and Primary Investigator.
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Dr France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Government agency that funds the LIGO Project.
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Prof Thomas Rosenbaum, Caltech President.
(Image: Kimberly Teske Fetrow)
The dedication ceremony featured remarks from Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum; Chair of Caltech Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Tom Soifer; and NSF director France Córdova.
"We've spent the past seven years putting together the most sensitive gravitational-wave detector ever built. Commissioning the detectors has gone extremely well thus far, and we are looking forward to our first science run with Advanced LIGO beginning later in 2015. This is a very exciting time for the field," says Caltech's David H. Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Project.
See more about Advanced LIGO Dedication at Caltech News.

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