JCCC Honors Journal


The 2015 first detection of gravitational waves opened the door for a new observational method in astronomy. Measurements of gravitational waves by laser interferometers such as LIGO and VIRGO allow study of phenomena inaccessible by traditional observations on the electromagnetic spectrum. Working in tandem with conventional observatories, gravitational wave detectors have the potential to probe the mysteries of the universe, including the early phases of galaxy evolution and the sources of various mysterious high-energy transients.