2019 News

  • IGC team lead by Chad Hanna played a critical role in the first ever open public alerts sent by LIGO. [Read article]
  • Insight into how neutron stars are built – an international team of astronomers including current and former members of IGC publish paper describing the research. [Read article]
  • IGC celebrated its silver jubilee through an international conference igc@25: The multimessenger universe which was held at Penn State from June 23rd to 27th 2019. The scientific program has a dual goal: to assess the current status of our field in broad terms and to discuss future directions. The plenary talks by leading experts provided a broad overview of the field, with emphasis on developments that have occurred in the past ~25 years, while panels focused on developments over the past decade and, especially, the vision for the next decade or two. The after dinner speech, entitled “Multimessenger Astronomy and the Big Questions of the Cosmos: A Billion Light year View”, was given by the NSF Director Dr. France Cordova. PDF of Dr. Cordova’s Talk,   Conference website,  Photogallery of the conference
  • Loops’19, the most recent conference in a long tradition of biannual international meetings focused on loop quantum gravity and background independent approaches to quantum gravity was held at Penn State From June 17 through 21st, 2019. The scientific program highlighted recent developments in quantum gravity research, structural and computational aspects of loop quantum gravity, applications to black hole physics and cosmology. The conference is preceded by the Loops’19 Summer School held at Bard College (NY) on June 09 – 16, 2019. Conference Website, 51 Photos by Phil Halper
  • LIGO and Virgo observatories detect neutron star smash-ups. IGC researchers Cody Messick, Ryan Megge and Alexander Pace provide their perspectives. See Full Article
  • Abhay Ashtekar was awarded the Albert Einstein Prize in Gravitational Physics during the April 2019 Meeting of the American Physical Society held at Denver, Co.
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  • Two new probable gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime caused by cataclysmic cosmic events and first predicted by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago — have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo observatory in Italy in the first weeks after the detectors were updated. The IGC team of LIGO scientists, led by Chad Hanna, playeda critical role. See Full Article
  • B. Sathyaprakash has been elected Fellow of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation “for his wide-ranging contributions to all aspects of theoretical investigations of gravitational waves, outstanding service to the international gravitational community, and for his leadership in shaping the future of the field through third-generation detectors both in Europe and the US.”

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