Program Description: AIGO is LIGO’s Australian partner. A single gravitational wave detector, like a single human ear, is unable to tell the direction of a gravitational wave. Once the widely spaced detectors are connected (via the internet), however, it will be possible to calculate the direction of a wave from the varying arrival times of signals at each location. The addition of one southern hemisphere detector greatly improves the network. To detect gravitational waves in the Southern Hemisphere, a detector on the West Coast of Australia will work with all the other detectors, thereby raising the total number of detectable sources by 270%. On average, LIGO-Australia improves the directional precision of the network by 400%.
Organization Description: see LIGO
Data Description: see LIGO
Project Type: Instrument
Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences
Budget: 1 Million Euros
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