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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.

Research News

Part of the B-mode map - showing curly polarization lines.

Cardiff astrophysicists help discover first direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation

UPDATED: Friday 4th April 2014

The BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for Cosmic Inflation. Their results also represent the first images of gravitational waves, which have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” …

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