Advanced LIGO Dedication

Yesterday, I represented the National Science Foundation at the dedication of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.  

Advanced LIGO represents a critically important step forward in our continuing effort to understand the extraordinary mysteries of our universe. It gives scientists a highly sophisticated instrument for detecting gravitational waves, which we believe carry with them information about their violent origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot be obtained by conventional astronomical tools.

As an astrophysicist myself, I fully appreciate the important scientific research that will result from this exciting new avenue for experimentation.  

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