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Artists impression of a black hole - [Image credit: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)] Third gravitational wave detection uncovers clues to how black holes are born

Thursday 1st June 2017

Advanced algorithms jointly developed by our Gravitational Physics research group have enabled the LIGO team to observe a pair of spinning black holes over three billion light years away …


Undergraduate student pouring liquid nitrogen. Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Monday 15th May 2017

We are once again offering paid research project placements for current students under the CUROP (Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme) and CUSEIP (Cardiff University Education Innovation Programme) schemes …


Moody Data Centre Image Data Intensive Science Studentships

Monday 10th April 2017

The School of Physics and astronomy has received funding from STFC for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science …


Marie Skłodowska Curie Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships

Monday 3rd April 2017

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researches with an excellent track record for Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (MSCA) fellows


A simulated view of two Black Holes inspiraling before merger - against a backdrop of stars One year anniversary for gravitational waves discovery

Wednesday 15th February 2017

One year after the discovery of gravitational waves for the first time, work in this area of research continues and the School's Gravitational Waves Research Group is heavily involved …


Royal Astronomical Society logo. Gravitational Waves Researchers receive Royal Astronomical Society Award

Monday 23rd January 2017

The LIGO team has won the prestigious Royal Astronomical Society’s Group Achievement Award for last year’s detection of gravitational waves for the first time …


Gravitational Wave artwork 'Infinite LIGO dreams' - Copyright - Penelope Cowley Artwork inspired by gravitational wave discovery

Friday 25th November 2016

A large oil painting entitled "Infinite LIGO dreams" inspired by the first ever detection of gravitational waves was unveiled today at the School of Physics and Astronomy …


The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Gravitational Physicists collect Vice Chancellor’s accolade

Friday 25th November 2016

The Gravitational Physics Group has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University, part of the Celebrating Excellence Awards for 2016 …


Section of the Black Hole Mass Chart in main story. Black hole signals mark "true beginning" of gravitational wave astronomy

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Advanced algorithms jointly developed in the School of Physics and Astronomy enable LIGO scientists to detect "fantastically weak" gravitational wave signals from the merging of two black holes …


Space-time ripples detected for the very first time

Thursday 11th February 2016

Cardiff University scientists open a new window into the Universe as gravitational waves are detected for the first time …


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.


Hunt for Einstein's "elusive" gravitational waves begins

Monday 5th October 2015

Cardiff University researchers begin their search for tiny ripples in space.


The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Cardiff researchers hunt for "elusive" gravitational waves

Tuesday 19th May 2015

An international project involving University researchers, set-up to find the first direct evidence of the existence of gravitational waves, will be officially inaugurated at a ceremony in the US today [19 May 2015].


Cardiff graduate awarded prestigious thesis prize

Thursday 16th April 2015

Dr Patricia Schmidt wins the 2015 IOP Gravitational Physics Thesis Prize


Inspiraling blackholes Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy / Numerical Relativity

Thursday 8th January 2015

Cardiff Gravitational Physics Group is seeking applications to fill two postdoctoral research associate positions …


Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe

Friday 14th November 2014

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe.


Source Redshifts from Gravitational-Wave Observations of Binary Neutron Star Mergers

Monday 27th October 2014

Latest findings published in Physical Review X.


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.” …


The Gravitational Universe

Tuesday 31st December 2013

ESA decides on next Large Mission Concepts.


The Invisible Colours of the Universe

Friday 20th December 2013

Get ready for the era of gravitational wave astronomy.


Mapping a universe of black hole collisions

Monday 10th December 2012

Cardiff scientists are about to undertake the world's most complete study to date of colliding black holes.


Dying tones of black holes

Monday 1st October 2012

Cardiff scientists are a step closer to understanding how black holes form.


Sad news

Friday 14th September 2012

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce our dear colleague Professor Leonid Grishchuk has passed away.


Cardiff scientists a step closer to gravitational wave detection

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

A consortium of researchers will use Europe's fastest supercomputers to study black hole collisions and hopefully find elusive gravitational waves.

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