LIGO-India approved by the government
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Scientists from LIGO, who proved gravitational waves theory, in Washington DC on March 31, 2016. Group photo, left to right: Dr. Rana Adhikari (Caltech), Karan Jani (GaTech), Nancy Aggrawal (MIT), Mr. Narendra Modi (PM of India), Dr. France Córdova (NSF Director), Dave Reitze (Director, LIGO Laboratory), Dr. Rebecca Keiser (Head, NSF Office of International Science and Engineering), Dr. Fleming Crim (Assistant Director for MPS, NSF) | Attribution:Prime Minister's Office (GODL-India), GODL-India , via Wikimedia Commons

LIGO-India, an advanced gravitational-wave (GW) observatory to be located in India, as part of a worldwide network of GW observatories has been approved by the Indian Government.  

The advanced gravitational-wave detector to be built in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs 2,600 crore will be a major milestone towards expanding frontier scientific infrastructure in India. 


The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) – India is a collaboration between the LIGO Laboratory (operated by Caltech and MIT) and three Institutes in India: the Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology (RRCAT, in Indore), the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR in Ahmedabad), and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA, in Pune). 




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