Science and theatre, visits to the Virgo experiment, stargazing parties. Lots of events for adults and kids. This is just a summary of the various events organized by EGO at the researchers nights last weekend on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September.
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È stato siglato il 18 settembre l’accordo tra INFN e CNRS, per il rinnovo di altri cinque anni del consorzio italo-francese EGO (European Gravitational Observatory), che gestisce l’esperimento VIRGO
Venerdì 25 e sabato 26 settembre l’Osservatorio Gravitazionale Europeo (EGO) aprirà le porte al grande pubblico nell’ambito degli eventi legati alla Notte Europea dei Ricercatori 2015. Nel corso delle due giornate sarà possibile visitare l’esperimento Virgo per la ricerca delle onde gravitazionali e partecipare a spettacoli, conferenze, osservazioni astronomiche, e attività per i più piccoli.
EGO_0002_ENG The First Observing Run of Advanced Detectors Gravitational Waves Gravitational waves are a consequence of the theory of General Relativity, published by Albert Einstein in 1916. They are ripples in the fabric of the space-time that propagate at the speed of light, and are produced when huge masses are accelerated or deformed. This happens […]
The first Advanced Virgo test mass has been installed at the input of the east-west arm of Virgo. This milestone represents a remarkable achievement: the new payload integrates several key technologies and has been regarded as of the main technical challenges of the project.
The 1st GraWIToN School was held at EGO from the 20th of April to the 8th of May. Besides the 12 GraWIToN ESRs another 13 students participated at the school. 24 teachers from all over Europe contributed with about 100 hours of lessons distributed over the three weeks of the school.
What is a scientist? How is the typical day of a scientists? What are the main goals of Virgo? These are some of the questions that students ask to us very frequently. That is why at EGO we decided to organize a special meeting with the local high schools of Pisa and tell them what is the life of a scientists.
Thermal noise in mirror suspension is the most severe limit to the low-frequency sensitivity of first generation interferometric gravitational wave detectors. To minimize the pendulum thermal noise, a monolithic suspension, using fused silica as a low dissipation material, has been developed for Advanced Virgo. Now the first monolithic suspension has been realized last Thursday June 11st, thanks to a strong collaboration between the INFN groups of Perugia, Firenze and Roma1.
In Virgo, we use light as a tool to measure the spacetime and detect gravitational waves. That is why the scientists of Virgo participated in the Global Open Lab Days (GOLD) initiative promoted by the committee of the International Year of Light (IYL2015).