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Two merging black holes and the gravitational radiation emitted.

A snapshot of the final moments in the merger of binary black holes and the gravitational radiation emitted in the process (Credit: Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)/Zuse Institute Berlin/Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University).

Cardiff Gravitational Physics Group is engaged in research on black holes and gravitational waves. The Group co-founded the British-German GEO 600 detector, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, is involved in the space-based eLISA mission, and the design study of the 3rd generation Einstein gravitational-wave Telescope (ET).

The Group's search for gravitational waves is focused on transients such as binary neutron stars and black holes, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. As a part of this research we have developed novel algorithms and software, which have now become standard search tools. We also perform large-scale computer simulations of black-hole collisions, in order to produce theoretical models of the waves, which helps to detect them.

For a list of our current PhD projects, please click here.

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Photo credits: Lionel London / Cardiff University

Celebrating Einstein's Revolution

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Over 220 people came to join us in celebrating Einstein's Revolution on Wednesday 9th December. With a wine and cheese reception, and three very engaging talks, it was an excellent event at which to celebrate 100 years of this remarkable theory, and Cardiff's involvement in research around it.

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