LIGO e-Lab workshop at Colorado State University



Participating teachers will be able to use the LIGO e-Lab to:

  • Plot and interpret data recorded by LIGO seismic instruments
  • Explain the importance of LIGO seismic data in gravitational wave search
  • Identify and list classical physics concepts in LIGO data analysis
  • Develop a plan for use of the LIGO e-Lab with students.


Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Thursday August 9

09:00  Coffee/Registration

09:15  Introductions

09:30 Gravitational Waves Intro

10:15  Gravitational Waves Videos

10:45   Break

11:00     Interferometer activity

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Exploration of LIGO e-Lab

  • log in with account
  • create student account
  • explore Resources and Project Map
  • try out features
  • Seismology Review (use e-Lab)
  • Seismology discussion

14:30     Break

14:45     Search and analyze in data:

15:15     Further e-Lab exploration:

  • data plots
  • posters

15:45     Revisit objectives

16:00     End of Day

Friday August 10

09:00  Coffee/Chat

09:30  Reflection

  • What is the thread that ties what we are doing together?
  • What worked and did not work yesterday?
  • How are we doing on the objectives?
  • Multi-messenger discovery  article

10:00  LIGO Virtual Visit

10:45  Break

11:00  Begin research 

12:00    Lunch 

13:00    Finish research/Create Posters

14:00    Review Posters; Q&A

14:30    break

14:45    explore LOSC    

15:30    Implementation discussion/Reflection

15:45     Evaluation

16:00     End of workshop