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Today I signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lead the way for establishing an advanced gravitational-wave detector in India. It’s an exciting day, because it offers the promise of deepening our
understanding and opening an even wider window to our universe. With this new commitment to collaboration, NSF’s Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (better known as LIGO),
and its hundreds of associated scientists worldwide, are positioned to
take this nascent field of gravitational wave science to the next level.
Once in place, a third detector would be able to ‘triangulate’ the
source of gravitational waves and thus make other, more detailed
observations. We look forward to working closely with our Indian
colleagues in this endeavor to further our knowledge of the most
energetic phenomena in the cosmos.

Learn more about LIGO in this special report.

Photo: Dr. Sekhar Basu, secretary of India’s Department of Atomic Energy, and I sign the MOU. Photo credit: Fleming Crim, NSF