India, US to set up Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory

INESligoIndia and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a new Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in India,that will have a significant part in advancing front line research on various aspects of gravitational wave astronomy.

Department of Atomic Energy Secretary Sekhar Basu and US National Science Foundation’s France Cordova signed the MoU in the presence of P Narendra Modi, who is in the US to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

Modi met scientists of LIGO and interacted with Indian scientists who are part of the project, that he described as a great example of India-US scientific collaboration, that could well inspire an entire young generation of Indian scientists.He urged Indian scientists who are part of the LIGO project to interact with Indian students and visit Indian universities.

He confirmed the Cabinet has already approved US1200 crores for the project.

External Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup said the project would come up hopefully in the next 5 to 7 years. Cordova said they are looking forward to working with the Indian experts in this endeavor to further their knowledge of the most energetic phenomena in the cosmos.