The Gravitational Universe

What is Virgo?

Virgo is a giant laser interferometer designed to detect gravitational waves for the first time. It is now operated and improved in Cascina, near Pisa on the site of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), by an international collaboration of scientists from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary.

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The Gravitational Universe

The Gravitational Universe

Today we study the universe mainly by observing visible light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation, such as radio waves, X rays, and gamma rays. However, recently we started exploiting other cosmic “messengers”, such as cosmic rays, neutrinos and gravitational waves.

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Frontier Technology

Frontier Technology

The detection of gravitational waves is an extremely difficult task: the expected signals are extremely faint and measurements are affected by many different kind of noise. This is a typical situation in many experiments in modern Physics, and Virgo is no exception. Advanced Virgo is based on modern, cutting-edge technologies.

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Response to an article published on Science Magazine

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration have drafted a right of reply in response to the article http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/european-gravitational-wave-detector-falters published on February 16, 2017 by Science Magazine. The text released can be found below: Letter-to-Science-v3 Last updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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EGO part of EU Code Week 2016!

EU Code Week will take place between 15 and 23 October, 2016 and EGO will be part of it!   Where? For the 1st time EGO will host at its site in Cascina on Monday 17th October, one of the three workshops Code Week 2016 organised by EURid, the non-profit organisation and registry manager of […]

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14 September 2016 at EGO-Virgo “Gravity Day”

To celebrate the detection of Gravitational Waves on 14 September 2015, EGO has organised a “Gravity Day” on the site of the Virgo interferometer in Cascina. The program of that day foresees site tours, seminars, astronomical observations and the spectacle “Star Waves” in the evening. Booking to participate in the activities is mandatory, by calling […]

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