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Gravitational Waves Workshop Resources

  • CalendarAvailable on request
  • Clock outlineUp to 2 hours

The Gravity Exploration Institute is part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) scientific collaboration which announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, a century after they were first predicted by Einstein.

The activities in this workshop introduce students to the technology used in observatories such as LIGO and Virgo to detect gravitational waves and limit seismic interference in the detected signals. Students will also work with the data analysis techniques used to localise where gravitational wave events have taken place, their distance from earth and the sizes of the astronomical bodies involved in the events.

Some of the topics covered, include:

  • properties of waves
  • trigonometry
  • interference
  • detection of gravitational waves
  • black holes.

The skills that will be introduced, include:

  • drawing and interpreting graphs
  • use of scientific equipment
  • using scientific formulae
  • numeracy skills
  • literacy skills.

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We can also deliver these workshops directly through the University. To arrange this please email

This activity has been developed in partnership with the National Space Academy and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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This activity is organised by School of Physics and Astronomy. Contact us at for more details.

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  • TickKey stage five - ages 16-18, years 12-13

Teacher supervision is required.

Curriculum themes

  • TickMathematics and numeracy
  • TickScience and technology

Activity type

  • TickActivity
  • TickWorkshop


  • TickEngagement with our research
  • TickPromoting higher education
  • TickSupporting curriculum themes

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