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The CGWA Mission

The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy was created by a grant from the University Research Centers program administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2003.

In 2007 it was also selected for funding under the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) from the National Science Foundation.

The center currently possesses a varied portfolio of extra-institutional funding from various sources, including NASA, NSF, and DoD which totals more than $3 million per year.

The core mission of CGWA is to further scientific research and education in gravitational wave astronomy.

One of the most exciting new developments in physics is the imminent advent of gravitational wave astronomy - viewing the cosmos not with light and its electromagnetic complements like radio, x-rays, infrared, microwaves and gamma-rays, but rather with ripples of gravity, or gravitational waves. Viewed in this way, the universe will reveal details that cannot be observed by any other means, and many of its most enigmatic constituents, such as black holes, will be among the most visible objects in the sky.  Read more

Faculty and students are engaged in fundamental research in all aspects of gravitational wave astronomy, including relativistic astrophysics, data analysis, multi-messenger astronomy and laser instrumentation.


Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) has been used successfully for the first time in gravitational wave data analysis. The global maximum of a highly multi-modal and noisy fitness function was found in the detection and estimation of signals from an inspiraling compact object binary. More...

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