The detection of gravitational waves with LIGO
Building the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) took a collaboration of over 1000 people, some $500 million in funding from the National Science Foundation over three decades, and a lot of patience. But the vision paid off with observational evidence of one of the greatest mysteries in physics — the existence of gravitational waves.
Read more on LIGO in the November issue of Photonics Spectra: read article
The research on gravitational waves continues…
In a comprehensive article published by physicsworld.com, James Hough outlines the last 30 years of gravitational-wave astronomy, from building prototype detectors to making a revolutionary discovery. read full article
In 2015, the first groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves was made by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitation Wave Observatory) observatories at Hanford and Livingston. Special optical fiber cables from Leoni were part of the laser systems for the LIGO detectors. Read more