India-US to sign MoU for LIGO Project

31-Mar-2016 #India-US,#Energy Source: India Inc
India has taken the decision to build a Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). For this, India and US will sign a MoU for building a state-of-the-art LIGO. Prime Minister Modi has finally approved this decision almost a month after the discovery of gravitational waves. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) secretary Sekhar Basu will sign the agreement in the US today. As per the MoU, Joint Oversight Group (JOG) with the scientists from NSF (National Science Foundation), DAE and Department of Science & Technology (DST) will be formed for better coordination of the project. This project will bring unprecedented opportunities for scientists and engineers to dig deeper into the realm of gravitational wave and take global leadership in this new astronomical frontier. LIGO is a national facility for gravitational-wave research, providing opportunities for the broader scientific community to participate in detector development, observation, and data analysis. The “in principle” approval for the LIGO-India project for research on gravitational waves is piloted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (DST).
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