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VIRGO's Institutional Setting

Plans for VIRGO were hatched at the end of the 1980's and construction got underway in 1996. The program is financed by the CNRS (IN2P3, INSU, SPM, and SPI/STIC) and Italy's National Institute of Physics (INFN). Five French laboratories (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur-Nice, Laboratoire de l'accélérateur linéaire-Orsay, Laboratoire d'Annecy de physique des particules, Institut de physique nucléaire de Lyon, Ecole supérieure de physique et chimie industrielle de la ville de Paris) and six Italian laboratories (INFN Perugia, INFN Pisa, INFN Naples, LNF Frascati, INFN Florence, INFN Rome) are involved in the VIRGO program. VIRGO is managed by the Franco-Italian consortium EGO (European Gravitational Observatory), which was established in 2000 in the aim of encouraging research in Europe in the area of gravitation. Various forms of exchange between VIRGO and other European gravitational wave facilities, such as data analysis in common, information exchange on setting up facilities, or preparation of future experiments, are the subject of a funding proposal submitted to the European Commission by the APPEC (AstroParticle Physics European Coordination).




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