Paris, 9 February 2016

Update on the search for gravitational waves by the VIRGO and LIGO collaborations

A hundred years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, researchers of the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations (of which the CNRS is a founding member), are issuing an update on these tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time.

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 4:20pm (Paris time)
CNRS headquarters – 3 rue Michel-Ange, Paris 16e, France
(M° 9 et 10, Michel-Ange – Auteuil)

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's first publication of the theory of general relativity foreseeing the existence of gravitational waves. To celebrate this anniversary, the researchers have decided to highlight the VIRGO and LIGO collaborative effort to observe gravitational waves.

Located near Pisa (Italy), VIRGO is a gravitational wave detector developed by the CNRS and the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). The VIRGO collaboration involves more than 250 physicists, engineers and technicians from 19 laboratories across five European countries (The Netherlands, Hungary and Poland in addition to France and Italy). VIRGO works closely with the LIGO researchers to operate their instruments. These include the LIGO dual detectors, similar to VIRGO, which are based in the US (in Washington State and Louisiana).

Compulsory registration with Véronique Etienne or Priscilla Dacher. Please indicate your name, surname, name of media, telephone, mobile phone and email address.

Warning! As part of the "Vigipirate" security measures, ID will be requested upon entry. Press cards will not be accepted in lieu of ID.

A European press conference will be held simultaneously by EGO and the VIRGO collaboration in Cascina (Italy). Download the invitation: EGO/Virgo invitation


CNRS Press Office l Véronique Etienne l T +33 (0)1 44 96 51 37 l
Priscilla Dacher l T +33 (0)1 44 96 46 06 l


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