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Summaries of LSC Scientific Publications

We now feature, for each new research article, a summary written for the general public. Simply click on any of the titles for an online version, or on the '[flyer]' links for a downloadable file in PDF format. Translations into several languages are also available for some of these summaries. Where not noted separately, translations can be accessed from the top of the English online versions.

New summaries


Oct 30, 2018 Another long hard look for the remnant of GW170817 [flyer]
Oct 30, 2018 A search for sub-solar mass black holes [flyer]
Oct 30, 2018 Searching for Gravitational Waves From Cosmic Strings [flyer]
Jun 25, 2018 GW170817: How Big are Neutron Stars? [flyer]

Detection papers


GW170608
(Nov 15, 2017)
Detection paper:

GW170608: LIGO's Lightest Black Hole Binary? [flyer]

Also in French | German.

GW170817
(Oct 16, 2017)
Detection paper:

GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral [flyer]

Also in Chinese | French | German | Russian | Spanish.

Companion papers (also available in some other languages):
GW170814
(Sep 27, 2017)
Detection paper:

GW170814: A three-detector observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole coalescence [flyer]

Also in French | German | Italian | Polish | Spanish.

GW170104
(Jun 1, 2017)
Detection paper:

GW170104: Observation of a 50 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence at Redshift 0.2 [flyer]

Also in Chinese | French | German | Italian | Polish | Spanish.

GW151226
(Jun 15, 2016)
Detection paper:

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

Also in French | German | Spanish

GW150914
(Feb 11, 2016)
Detection paper:

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

Also in Chinese | French | German | Japanese | Spanish.

Companion papers (also available in some other languages):

Other publications


2018


Jun 4, 2018 Looking for "Forbidden" Polarizations in the Gravitational-wave Background with Advanced LIGO [flyer]
Jun 4, 2018 First Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves beyond General Relativity [flyer]
Jun 4, 2018 Hunting for Gravitational Waves from Known Pulsars within a Narrow Range of Candidate Frequencies [flyer]
Jun 4, 2018 All-sky Search for High-frequency Continuous Gravitational Waves in the First Advanced LIGO Observing Run [flyer]
Mar 16, 2018 A Bright Today and Brighter Tomorrow: Prospects for Gravitational-wave Astronomy With Advanced LIGO, Advanced Virgo, and KAGRA [flyer]
Mar 5, 2018 Hunting Low-Frequency Continuous Gravitational Waves With the Einstein@Home Distributed Computing System [flyer]
Mar 5, 2018 Searching the Entire Sky for Continuous Gravitational Waves from Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars in Advanced LIGO Data [flyer]
Mar 5, 2018 Searching for Gravitational Waves from a Nearby Globular Cluster [flyer]
Mar 5, 2018 All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves With the Einstein@Home Distributed Computing System [flyer]

2017


Jun 18, 2017 A Sensitive Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves from Scorpius X-1 with Advanced LIGO [flyer]
Jun 1, 2017 Search for Mergers of Intermediate-mass Black Holes [flyer]
May 22, 2017 Search for Core-collapse Supernovae in Initial LIGO and Virgo Data [flyer]
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]

2016


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]

2015


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]

2014


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]

2013


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]

2012


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]

2011


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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