IndIGO, the Indian Initiative in Gravitational-wave Observations, is an initiative to set up advanced experimental facilities, with appropriate theoretical and computational support, for a multi-institutional Indian national project in gravitational-wave astronomy. Since 2009, the IndIGO Consortium has been involved in constructing the Indian road-map for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and a phased strategy towards Indian participation in realizing the crucial gravitational-wave observatory in the Asia-Pacific region. The current major IndIGO plans on gravitational-wave astronomy relate to the LIGO-India project. LIGO-India is a planned advanced gravitational-wave detector to be located in India, to be built and operated in collaboration with the LIGO USA and its international partners Australia, Germany and the UK. The project recently received the in-principle approval(external link) from the Indian government.


The discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO received two major international awards last week — a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Gruber Prize in Cosmology.

MoU on LIGO-India signed

On: 2016-04-02 17:23 
On March 31, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to lead the way for establishing an advanced gravitational-wave detector in India. The MOU was jointly signed by the NSF Director Dr. France A. Córdova and the DAE secretary Dr. Sekhar Basu in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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On 2016 February 11, the LIGO-Virgo collaborations jointly announced the discovery of gravitational waves. The signal, produced by the collision of two black holes in the distance universe, was detected by two LIGO observatories on 2015 September 14. This confirms a major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity and opens a new observational window onto the universe.

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The existence of gravitational waves(external link) is one of the most intriguing predictions of the General Theory of Relativity(external link) proposed by Albert Einstein(external link) in 1915. Gravitational waves are distortions in the spacetime geometry that propagate with the speed of light, analogous to ripples on the surface of a pond. On 2015 September 14, the two Advanced LIGO(external link) observatories in the USA made the first direct observation of gravitational waves(external link) passing through the earth. This signal was produced by the merger of two black holes at a distance of 1.3 billion light years. This is the first of the many expected observations of this kind, that will establish the filed of gravitational-wave astronomy(external link), opening a new window on to the Universe.

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