WSU Cougar Head Logo Washington State University
WSU Insider
News and Information for Faculty, Staff, and the WSU Community

Feb. 11: Scientists to update search for gravitational waves

PULLMAN, Wash. – The media and public are invited to join Washington State University physicists at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Webster Hall 17 for a presentation on the latest progress in the search for gravitational waves – or ripples in the fabric of space-time – using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO).

Gravitational waves were predicted to exist by Einstein almost 100 years ago but have not yet been directly detected.

Following a brief videostream presentation by National Science Foundation researchers in Washington, D.C., WSU members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration will discuss their contributions to the ongoing effort to detect gravitational waves. Members include Sukanta Bose, professor; Nairwita Mazumder, postdoctoral researcher; Bernard Hall, graduate student; and Ryan Magee (former graduate student), all from physics and astronomy. They will be joined by WSU theoretical physicist Matt Duez and other faculty experts for the presentation.

LIGO is the world’s largest gravitational wave observatory and a cutting edge physics experiment. Comprised of two enormous laser interferometers, located in Hanford, Wash., and Livingston, La., LIGO exploits the physical properties of light and space to detect and understand the origins of gravitational waves.

Read more about LIGO in a Washington State Magazine article at


Matt Duez, WSU physics and astronomy, 509-335-2396,
Nairwita Mazumder, WSU physics and astronomy, 432-271-6536,
Sukanta Bose, WSU physics and astronomy (currently in India),



Next Story

Recent News

WSU helps dog recover from mystery lung condition

It is still a mystery as to what caused abscesses to engulf the lungs of Ashely Hayes’ dog, Blaze, but he is now back in good health thanks to the care he received at WSU.

WSU ‘Q fever’ research earns $3 million in funding

Q fever naturally infects goats, sheep, and cattle. If transmitted to humans, the infection can lead to diverse clinical outcomes including flu-like symptoms, miscarriage or stillbirth in pregnant women.

UREC training helps Cougs rescue injured Grand Canyon hiker

The hiker looked like she might be taking a break from the strenuous ascent from the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but it was clear she was in trouble when WSU students Alana Duvall and Johannah Ludwig reached her.

Find More News

Subscribe for more updates