LIGO Livingston Observatory, LIGO Hanford Observatory, Virgo Observatory (Images: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab; Virgo)
Our goal is to detect gravitational-wave signals from distant astrophysical sources with Advanced LIGO and its sister observatories, and study the properties of the waves (testing General Relativity) and of their astrophysical sources (neutron stars, black holes, core-collapse supernovae, the Big Bang).
We have a large Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (LIGO SURF) program, open to students from Caltech and elsewhere. We welcome Caltech graduate students interested in research in gravitational wave physics and astrophysics. We sometimes have open positions for postdoctoral scholars and scientific staff. We enjoy outreach activities with schools, science clubs, etc.
Inquiries about our science and our group, including opportunities and outreach, can be sent to Professor Alan Weinstein, Group Leader.