Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
5:00 pm
Off Campus

Associates Travel Program: LIGO

Detecting LIGO


Ride on the fabric of spacetime to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment site in Hanford, Washington

The discovery of gravitational waves was a project 100 years in the making. Scientists hail it as "the biggest scientific breakthrough" of the century. Predicted by Albert Einstein in 1915, Caltech researchers have confirmed his theory of the existence of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

Join Caltech Professors of Physics Rana Adhikari and Yanbei Chen, two scientists who helped build the world's most sensitive detectors. They will provide a first-hand tour at the remarkable Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facility, which confirmed Einstein's theories by detecting gravitational waves. This public announcement rocked the world on February 11, 2016. 

We will also explore the "Heart of Washington Wine Country", the Tri-Cities area of Washington, which boasts more than 200 wineries and produces some of the finest varietals in the world thanks to the climate and geography of the region.

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For more information, please contact Megan Schmid at or (626) 395-4644.

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