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LIGO Hanford's New 13,000-Square-Foot Educational Center is Open
06/07/2022

LIGO Hanford's New 13,000-Square-Foot Educational Center is Open

Whitney Clavin
Funded by $8.1-million in grants from the state of Washington, The LIGO Exploration Center aims to inspire curiosity in people of all backgrounds and ages.
Picture of Amber trunk cutting the blue ribbon in front of the LIGO Exploration Center.
Ginsburgs Give to Create New Quantum Center and Building at Caltech
01/14/2022

Ginsburgs Give to Create New Quantum Center and Building at Caltech

Ann Motrunich
The center will unite researchers exploring quantum systems and their potential uses.
Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg
2021: Year in Review
12/15/2021

2021: Year in Review

Kathy Svitil
A look back at the Institute news of 2021.
A collage of science images
New Quantum Measurement Center Launched by Sherman Fairchild Foundation Grant
12/06/2021

New Quantum Measurement Center Launched by Sherman Fairchild Foundation Grant

Ann Motrunich
A new grant enables construction of laboratories at Caltech that will integrate gravitational-wave science and quantum precision measurement.
Tabletop optics in a laboratory that steer laser light as it is used to measure vibrations in a glass disk that serves as an experimental stand-in for a mirror in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The experiment aims to improve LIGO mirror coatings. New coatings c twan reduce background noise in LIGO's mirrors by a factor of two, thereby increasing the volume of space that LIGO can probe by a factor of eight.
Extending LIGO's Reach Into the Cosmos
09/29/2021

Extending LIGO's Reach Into the Cosmos

Whitney Clavin
New mirror coatings will increase the volume of space LIGO can probe in its next run.
Pinkish mirror coating on a test disk.
Saul Teukolsky Receives Dirac Medal
08/10/2021

Saul Teukolsky Receives Dirac Medal

Whitney Clavin
Saul Teukolsky and colleagues honored for theoretical work on black holes.
Saul Teukolsky
LIGO–Virgo–KAGRA finds elusive mergers of black holes with neutron stars
06/29/2021

LIGO–Virgo–KAGRA finds elusive mergers of black holes with neutron stars

The gravitational network confirms first known collision of a black hole and neutron star.
Artwork of a neutron star–black hole merger
LIGO and Virgo to Receive IEEE Milestone Plaques
02/01/2021

LIGO and Virgo to Receive IEEE Milestone Plaques

Whitney Clavin
On February 3, 2021, the IEEE will host an online event to bestow its Milestone awards to the gravitational-wave observatories of LIGO and Virgo.
LIGO Hanford, LIGO Livingston and Virgo.
2020: A Year In Review
12/17/2020

2020: A Year In Review

Reflecting on community achievements in a year of international upheaval
Composition of images from highlighted stories throughout 2020
LIGO Hanford Breaks Ground for New Exploration Center
10/23/2020

LIGO Hanford Breaks Ground for New Exploration Center

Whitney Clavin
New state-of-the-art education facility in Washington State will teach students and the public about the marvels of gravitational waves and LIGO
conceptual design of proposed LIGO Hanford Observatory STEM Exploration Center
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