The Penn State LIGO group is presently focused on studying compact binary systems consisting of neutron stars and black holes. We are part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). Within the LSC, we are one of the teams leading the real-time compact binary search in Advanced LIGO. We have helped to develop techniques that allow for real-time detection of gravitational waves from merging compact binaries, which can alert a team of outside observers to potentially discover electromagnetic counterparts.
The ability to detect the same sources through both gravitational waves, conventional electromagnetic means and other high energy particles simultaneously will give us a complete picture of some of the Universe’s most energetic transient events. For example, we may be able to observe black holes ripping apart neutron stars, through not only a powerful burst of light, but also through their imprint on spacetime itself.
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- Jonathan Wang, Undergraduate
- Ryan Everett, Master’s student
- Miguel Fernandez, Ph.D. student