India is all set to build a new gravitational wave detector to measure waves in the fabric of space and time in 2025, in collaboration with universities around the world.
Once the new Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detector is built it will add to the two already operational in the US.
The first gravitational waves produced by two giant merging blackholes last year was discovered by LIGO detectors. The research won a Nobel Prize in Physics this year.
The location for the new detector in India has been selected, and the acquisition has started, said Somak Raychaudhury, Director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune. However, the site has not been revealed yet.
“When the detector building is completed in 2025, IUCAA will run it,” Raychaudhury told PTI.
The LIGO India partnership is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) through its Newton-Bhabha project on LIGO. to be built in India by 2025