New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2019 | mit
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3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
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3 Questions: Lisa Barsotti on the new and improved LIGO

“If we are very lucky, we might observe something new … or maybe even something totally unexpected.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 1, 2019 | mit
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LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events.

MIT News Office | Dec. 3, 2018 | mit
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Jacqueline Hewitt to step down as director of the MIT Kavli Institute

Physics professor brought leadership, resources, and an intellectual focus to the MIT astrophysics faculty and research staff during 15 years at the helm.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science | Nov. 29, 2018 | mit
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Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding? | MIT News

Signals from rare black hole-neutron star pairs could pinpoint rate at which universe is growing, researchers say.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 12, 2018
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Dense stellar clusters may foster black hole megamergers | MIT News

Black holes in these environments could combine repeatedly to form objects bigger than anything a single star could produce.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 10, 2018
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MIT researchers discuss the new "multi-messenger" era of astrophysics research | MIT News

Mavalvala, Evans, Frebel, Katsavounidis, and Vitale discuss the science behind LIGO's observations of a neutron star collision.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science | Oct. 18, 2017
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