Open Questions: Gravitational Waves
Open Directory Project: Gravitational Waves
- Categorized and annotated links. A version of this
list is at
Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order.
GEO600 Gravitational Wave Links
- Links to gravitational wave research sites and general
information on relativity and gravitational waves, at the
Links to other gravitational wave projects
- Links to gravitational wave research sites, at an older
version of the GEO600 site.
Galaxy: Gravitational Waves
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
LIGO Laboratory Home Page
- LIGO, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
Observatory, is the most ambitious project to date for the
detection of gravitational waves. The laboratory consists of
two separate facilities: the
LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana, and the
LIGO Hanford Observatory in Washington.
LISA: Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
- "The main objective of the LISA mission is to observe
gravitational waves from galactic and extra-galactic binary
systems, including gravitational waves generated in the vicinity
of the very massive black holes found in the centers of many
galaxies." If approved, the mission can be launched in 2011.
ESA LISA Mission
- ESA Web site for the LISA
project. Includes background information on gravitational waves.
GEO 600 Home Page: The German-British Gravitational Wave Detector
- Web site of a German research project which "aims at the
direct detection of gravitational waves by means of a laser
interferometer." The site contains information on the project
and some useful
- Home page of the 300m Laser Interferometer Gravitational
Wave Antenna in Japan.
VIRGO Project Central Web Site
- "The VIRGO collaboration was set up between Italian and
French research teams, for the realization of an interferometric
gravitational wave detector." It is physically located at the
European Gravitational Observatory
near Pisa, Italy.
EGO: European Gravitational Observatory
- EGO is laboratory responsible for operating the
VIRGO gravitational wave
- Home page of a distributed computing project to search for
gravity waves. Some information on gravity waves and a screen
saver incorporating the software are available.
- Another home page, at the University of Adelaide (Australia),
of the Einstein@Home project. Provides project statistics and
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
- Article from
Jillian's Guide to Gravitational Waves
- A light-hearted introduction to the subject, with useful
references and external links. By
Sounding out the Big Bang
- June 2007 article from
Physics World, by
Craig J. Hogan. "Gravitational waves offer a unique way of
studying inflation and other fundamental processes of the very
early universe, and may even connect string theory with the
world of experiment."
Rippling space-time: how to catch Einstein's gravitational waves
- Introductory article on techniques for detecting gravitational
Science to ride gravitational waves
- Brief November 2005 BBC article on gravitational wave
experiments just about ready to begin, especially GEO 600.
Pulsars and Gravity Waves
- Transcript of a brief interview with Stephen Ord of the
- Short overview page, part of NASA's
Imagine the Universe site.
Several large-scale projects to detect gravitational waves are
mentioned, such as
- Brief article by James Schombert.
Fizzlers and Gravity Waves
- Outline/notes of a talk by James Imamura.
"Fizzers" are aborted supernova events and are a source of gravity waves.
Ripples in Spacetime
- Short overview of gravitational waves, from the
Science for the Millennium site.
Listening out for the Big Bang
- March 2000 news article about the Australian International
Gravitational Observatory, which will develop technology to
detect gravity waves.
Is gravity a particle or a wave?
- Question and answer from Scientific American's
Ask the Experts section.
Relativity's new revolution
Physics World, October 2011, pp. 36-41
- Rogue black holes kicked from their galactic lairs are
among the surprising predictions made by physicists
using powerful computers to solve Einstein's equations
of general relativity. Some have dubbed this relativity's
"new golden age".
- An Ear for Spacetime
Scientific American, July 2007
- Pulsars provide an alternative way to detect gravitational waves.
- Catch a Gravity Wave
Astronomy, October 2000, pp. 54-59
- Construction has been completed on the Laser Interferometer
Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which is by far the most
ambitious experiment designed to detect gravity waves. But careful
testing and calibration will be required before observations can
begin, possibly in late 2002.
Catch a Wave
Science News, January 8, 2000
- Sensing ripples in the space-time sea from gravity's juggernauts.
- Gravitational Radiation and the Validity of General Relativity
Clifford M. Will
Physics Today, October 1999, pp. 38-43
- The ability to detect gravitational waves will make it possible
to further test the existing theory of general relativity and offer
guidance on extending the theory for unification with other
fundamental forces. This is done by using the theory to predict
the waveforms expected from one of the most likely source of
gravitational waves -- binary systems involving neutron stars
and black holes.
- LIGO and the Detection of Gravitational Waves
Barry C. Barish; Rainer Weiss
Physics Today, October 1999, pp. 44-50
- LIGO is the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory,
consisting of a pair of devices (called interferometers) located
3000 miles apart. Its purpose is to detect and measure gravitational
waves coming from any of a number of possible cosmic sources.
- Marcia Bartusiak -- Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Listening
to the Sounds of Space-Time
Berkley Books, 2003
- Bartusiak is a science writer who knows what she's talking
about. Though she overindulges in the science writer's characteristic
vice of cutesy metaphors (music in this case), she tells the
story of gravitational waves straightforwardly and in good
- David Blair; Geoff McNamara - Ripples on a Cosmic Sea: The
Search for Gravity Waves
- Basic, elementary background on gravitation and relativity.
Discusses gravitational waves in relation to astrophysical
concepts like pulsars and black holes. Syrveys history and
technology of the search for gravitational waves.
- P. C. W. Davies - The Search for Gravity Waves
Cambridge University Press, 1980
- Explains what gravity waves are, how they may be generated,
and technology for detecting them.
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