India, US sign MoU for LIGO observatory in India

India, US sign MoU for LIGO observatory in India

India, US sign MoU for LIGO observatory  in India

India and the US on Thursday signed an MoU for establishing Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in India that will play significant role in carrying forward frontline research on various aspects of gravitational wave astronomy.

The MoU comes about a month after the Union Cabinet approved the construction of the long-awaited third LIGO interferometer.

Department of Atomic Energy Secretary Sekhar Basu and the US’ National Science Foundation France Cordova signed the MoU in this regard in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and LIGO scientists here. The construction of the long-awaited third LIGO interferometer, expected to be functional by 2023, will significantly improve the ability of scientists to pinpoint the sources of gravitational waves and analyse the signals.

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