Summaries of LSC Scientific Publications

We now feature, for each new research article, a summary written for the general public with a downloadable and printable flyer in PDF format.

Detection papers

(Jun 2016)
Detection paper:

GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence [flyer]

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(Feb 2016)
Detection paper:

Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger [flyer]

Companion papers (listed alphabetically):

Other publications


May 22, 2017 Search for Core-Collapse Supernovae in Initial LIGO and Virgo data
May 1, 2017 Searching for continuous gravitational-wave signals: casting a wide and fine net [flyer]
Apr 12, 2017 Searching for a wandering continuous wave signal from Scorpius X-1 [flyer]
Feb 3, 2017 Searching for continuous gravitational waves from pulsars [flyer]


Dec 13, 2016 Mapping the Gravitational Wave Sky [flyer]
Dec 13, 2016 Listening for the Background of Gravitational Waves with Advanced LIGO [flyer]
Nov 29, 2016 What's Behind the Mysterious Gamma-ray Bursts? LIGO's Search for Clues to Their Origins [flyer]
Jun 21, 2016 Searching for Gravitational Wave Bursts in Coincidence with Short Duration Radio Bursts [flyer]
Apr 20, 2016 The Sensitivity of the Advanced LIGO Detectors at the Beginning of Gravitational Wave Astronomy [flyer]


Dec 23, 2015 Planning for a Bright Tomorrow: Prospects for Gravitational-wave Astronomy with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo [flyer]
Nov 24, 2015 Stuck in the Middle: An All-Sky Search for Gravitational Waves of Intermediate Duration [flyer]
Oct 14, 2015 First Search for Low Frequency Continuous Gravitational Waves Emitted by Unseen Neutron Stars [flyer]
Oct 14, 2015 Scouting Our Galactic Neighborhood [flyer]


Dec 22, 2014 Searching for the Youngest Neutron Stars in the Galaxy [flyer]
Dec 8, 2014 Combing Initial LIGO Data for the Potentially Strong Continuous Wave Emitter Scorpius X-1 [flyer]
Oct 31, 2014 An Extended Search for Gravitational Waves from the Crab and Vela Pulsars [flyer]
Oct 31, 2014 Search for a Gravitational-wave Background Using Co-located LIGO Detectors [flyer]
Oct 30, 2014 Cleaning Up LIGO Data [flyer]
Jul 7, 2014 Capturing Invisible Cosmic Explosions [flyer]
Jun 25, 2014 Searching for a Background Buzz of Gravitational Waves [flyer]
Jun 4, 2014 Searching for the Continuous Sounds of Unknown Neutron Stars in Binary Systems [flyer]
May 15, 2014 Leveraging the GEO600 Detector to Search for Gravitational Waves from Gamma-ray Bursts [flyer]
Apr 15, 2014 Searching for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-ray Bursts Detected by the InterPlanetary Network [flyer]
Apr 09, 2014 Observing the Invisible Collisions of Intermediate Mass Black Holes [flyer]
Mar 26, 2014 Ringing of the Cosmic Bells: A Search for Black Hole Vibrations [flyer]
Feb 24, 2014 All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves in the Virgo Data [flyer]
Jan 16, 2014 Can we Hear Black Holes Collide? Testing Our Search Methods using Numerically Generated Gravitational-wave Signals [flyer]


Nov 14, 2013 Do Cosmic Strings Exist? [flyer]
Nov 14, 2013 Searching for Continuous Gravitational Wave Signals with the Hough Transform [flyer]
Oct 16, 2013 Scanning the Skies for Cosmic Explosions: First Search for Optical Counterparts to Gravitational Waves [flyer]
Oct 04, 2013 A Search for Long-lived Gravitational Waves Associated with Long Gamma-ray Bursts [flyer]
Sep 26, 2013 How High Are Pulsar "Mountains"? [flyer]
Sep 26, 2013 Listening for the Hum of Neutron Stars in the Center of Our Galaxy [flyer]
Aug 02, 2013 The Quantum Enhanced LIGO Detector Sets New Sensitivity Record [flyer]
Apr 05, 2013 What Gravitational Waves Can Tell Us About Colliding Stars and Black Holes [flyer]


Oct 01, 2012 Dance of the Dead Stars: A Search for Massive Binary Black Hole Coalescences [flyer]
Aug 03, 2012 Hunting Continuous Gravitational Waves with the Einstein@Home Distributed Computing System [flyer]
May 15, 2012 New Cosmic Messengers: First Joint Search for Gravitational Waves and High Energy Neutrinos [flyer]
May 11, 2012 A Search for Gravitational Waves from Gamma-Ray Bursts [flyer]
May 08, 2012 X-Rays and Gravitational Waves: LIGO and Virgo Point the Way for the Swift Satellite [flyer]
Apr 02, 2012 Virgo Data Characterization and Impact on Gravitational Wave Searches [flyer]
Mar 14, 2012 Sensitivity of LIGO and Virgo Gravitational Wave Detectors to Compact Binary Inspirals [flyer]
Feb 15, 2012 Listening for Gravitational Waves with "Ears Wide Open" [flyer]
Feb 06, 2012 Optical, X-ray, and Radio Telescopes Seek Explosive Sources of Gravitational Waves [flyer]
Jan 31, 2012 Search for Gravitational Waves from Intermediate Mass Binary Black Holes [flyer]
Jan 23, 2012 Implications for the Origin of GRB 051103 from LIGO Observations [flyer]
Jan 11, 2012 First Low-Latency LIGO+Virgo Search for Binary Inspirals and their Electromagnetic Counterparts [flyer]
Jan 03, 2012 Directional Limits on Persistent Gravitational Waves Using LIGO S5 Science Data [flyer]


Dec 21, 2011 Upper Limits on a Stochastic GW Background Using LIGO and Virgo Interferometers at 600-1000 Hz [flyer]
Dec 01, 2011 A Search for Gravitational Waves from Inspiraling Neutron Stars and Black Holes [flyer]
Sep 11, 2011 A Gravitational Wave Observatory Operating Beyond the Quantum Shot-noise Limit [flyer]

Looking down a detector arm

Visitors at LIGO Hanford Observatory gaze down the site's X arm. Half of the 4-kilometer length of the arm is visible in the photo. (Credit: LIGO Laboratory)

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