LIGO and LaserFest
Celebrate LaserFest, the 50-year
anniversary of the invention of the laser!
Bring cutting-edge laser technology into your classroom with
an online LaserFest program featuring the laser science of
LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
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Physics classrooms from across the U.S. are invited to join
LIGO and LaserFest. In this 50-minute broadcast, LIGO
scientists will take students from the basic principles of
lasers to one of todays most exciting applications of laser
technology -- the search for gravitational waves from
astrophysical sources. In research labs and at the LIGO detector
sites in Louisiana and Washington, students will receive a rare
glimpse of remarkably sophisticated laser systems that are
leveraging state-of-the-art quantum physics to probe the
structure of the universe.
Worldwide Collaboration Network, to bring LIGO and LaserFest
into your classroom via the Web.
Teachers can connect
to real-time broadcasts of the program on EVO at these times:
OR register to show the taped
version of the broadcast by
accessing EVO at a time of your choosing between November 16
and November 19.
- ** Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:15 EST
- ** Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:15 CST
- ** Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:15 PST
Register for the program
To access LIGO and LaserFest, teachers will need
to register for the broadcast, create an EVO account and
verify that EVO will run successfully in the school's
online environment. The LIGO EVO checklist provides resources
for the broadcast along with links for help and support.
Program Main Page:
LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory,
seeks to open the field of gravitational wave astronomy through
direct detections of astrophysical gravitational waves.
At LIGO detector facilities in LA and WA, in the LIGO
Laboratories at Caltech and MIT, and at dozens of institutions
around the world in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration,
hundreds of scientists and engineers are striving to open a
new window on the universe.
LaserFest is a year-long festival of international events that
commemorate the first demonstration of the laser in 1960.
Principal LaserFest partners are APS, OSA, SPIE and
EVO, the Worldwide Collaboration Network, provides an online
environment that supports remote face-to-face communication for
scientists around the globe. EVO provides tools and features
that facilitate effective real-time collaboration without user fees.
Additional support for EVO comes from the LHC Experiments,
CERN and the U.S. LHC program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
The National Science Foundation provides funding for a wide
variety of U.S. research programs that span the physical
sciences. LIGO is an NSF project. NSF also supports EVO.
LIGO is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any
opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed
here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the National Science Foundation.