Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy
The Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy (ACIGA) brings together Australian research groups working to develop high sensitivity, laser interferometric detectors of gravitational waves and thus create gravitational astronomy.
Discovery of gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory
Scientists from the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Wave Astronomy (ACIGA) made significant contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger – both to the development of the detector technologies and to the sophisticated data analysis. The six ACIGA institutions each made individual contributions as described here.
The objectives of ACIGA include:
- Undertake the research and development required to improve current-generation laser interferometric gravitational wave detectors and develop the next-generation detectors required to realise gravitational astronomy in collaboration with the international community;
- Undertake analysis of data from the international network of gravitational wave detectors and participate in multi-messenger astronomy;
- Advocate for the construction of a southern-hemisphere next-generation gravitational wave detector in Australia;
- Transfer technologies developed for gravitational wave detectors to industrial partners;
- Organise conferences, seminars and workshops to enhance the research of the group members.
The collaboration tries to help bring the Australian gravitational wave community together.