Alan J. Weinstein

Professor of Physics
LIGO The LIGO Project
Caltech PMA Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Caltech California Institute of Technology


  • phone: (626) 395-2166
  • Office: 354A West Bridge Laboratory
  • Address: 100-36 Caltech, Pasadena CA, 91125
  • E-Mail: ajw@caltech.edu


My RESEARCH in gravitational waves
  • LIGO Laboratory Home page
  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • LSC/Virgo Compact Binary Coalescence Group
  • LIGO Laboratory Astrophysics Group
  • LIGO Open Science Center
  • LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program

    Recent classroom teaching:
  • Physics 4 (Freshman Seminar) - Fall 2013 - Gravitational Wave Physics and Astrophysics
  • Physics 12b - Winter 2014 - Quantum Physics
  • Physics 12c - Spring 2014 - Statistical Mechanics

    Recent talks:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics with gravitational waves in the Advanced Detector Era the Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP 2011), Munich.
  • Status of the search for Gravitational Waves, at TeVPA 2009, SLAC, Stanford.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, for LIGO SURF students, summer 2009.
  • Status of the search for Gravitational Waves and LIGO, KEK Topical Conference on High Energy Physics and Cosmology, Tsukuba, Japan, 2/7/07.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, for Caltech physics grad students (Phys 242), 11/20/06.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, CERN, 8/11/06.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, for LIGO REU/SURF students, 6/16/06.
  • UTeV course on gravitational waves at Fermilab, 10/25-27/05, part 1, part 2, part 3.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, CERN, 8/4/05.
  • Introduction to Gravitational Waves and LIGO, CERN, 7/14/04.
  • Results from the First LIGO Science Runs, CERN, 7/12/04.
  • Scientific Results from the First LIGO Science Run, Caltech HEP Seminar, 1/6/04 (pdf, 7 MB).
  • Introduction to LIGO, SURF Lecture 1, June 20, 2003, in pdf (9 MB).
  • First Upper Limits from LIGO on Gravitational wave bursts, presented at Amadi 5, Pisa, 5/6/03; talk and paper for conference proceedings.
  • Search for Gravitational Wave Bursts in the LIGO Science Run 1 Data, CaJAGWR seminar, April 22, 2003, in powerpoint (20 MB), and pdf (7 MB).
  • Status of LIGO, seminar at Caltech HEP, 2/5/02, including highlights from E7! (pdf, 8.4 MB).
  • LIGO Colloquium at UCR on 5/23/02, including highlights from E7! (pdf, 8.4 MB).
  • Advanced LIGO Optical Configuration and Prototyping Effort, Published in the Proceedings of the 4th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Classical and Quantum Gravity 19, 1575 (2002). The originally submitted paper, containing much more detail on the status of the 40m upgrade and on simulation tools, was deemed unnecessarily detailed and technical. Thus, it may be of more interest to you.
  • LIGO talk for the general public (LIGO-G000167-00-R).
  • The Physics of LIGO, for SURF 2002 (6/20/02 - 7/3/02):
  • Some recent "Intro to LIGO" papers written by others: Last Updated: 2011
    Alan Weinstein/ajw@caltech.edu