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What is GEO600?

GEO's contributions to aLIGO

The Hunters - The first detection of gravitational waves

GEO600 – Gravitational wave detection on the ground

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The newly upgraded Advanced LIGO second-generation gravitational-wave detectors began their first observation run in September 2015 and the first direct detection of gravitational waves was made by Advanced LIGO on the 14th of September 2015.

The detectors are built and run by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in Hannover and Potsdam, Germany, have made significant contributions in several key areas: custom-made high-power laser systems required for the high-precision measurements, efficient data analysis methods running on powerful computer clusters, and accurate waveform models to detect gravitational waves and extract astrophysical information. The AEI is a leading partner in the international gravitational-wave science community, and its researchers keep pushing the boundaries of science on the way to the first direct detection of gravitational waves.