2017 LIGO e-Lab Workshop at U of Mn

June 13-14, 2017
Physics and Nanotechnology Building, Room 120



Participating teachers will be able to:

  • Plot and interpret data recorded by LIGO seismic instruments; address limitations in the data.
  • Make claims based on evidence from LIGO data and provide reasoning.
  • Describe the connections between LIGO seismic data and classical physics wave concepts.
  • Explain the importance of LIGO seismic data in a gravitiational wave search.
  • Develop a plan to implement material from the workshop in an educational setting.



Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Tuesday 13 June

09:00     Coffee, Registration, Sign-in
                and Introductions

10:00     Videos:

10:30     Break

10:45     Exploration of LIGO e-Lab: 

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Seismology and Interferometer Review

  • Seismology Review using e-Lab resources
  • Assemble table-top interferomter 
  • U of M interfermoter kit, Brian Andersson

14:00     Break

14:15     Search and analyze in e-Lab data:

15:00     Begin research

16:00     Review day

  • Objectives met
  • Objectives not yet completed
  • Q&A

16:30     End of Day

Wednesday 14 June

09:00     Coffee, Sign-in and 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?
  • Hot off the press

09:30     Gravitational Waves presentation
                  > Vuk Mandic

10:30     Break

10:45     Continue research

12:00     Working Lunch 

13:00     LIGO Hanford Virtual Visit

13:30     Finish posters

14:00     Present posters    

14:30     Implementation discussion

15:00     Reflection: write/discuss

  • take-aways from the workshop
  • what you learned beyond the objectives
  • what you would like to learn more about.

15:30     Evaluation

16:00     End of LIGO e-Lab workshop

We'll meet again tomorrow & Friday to 
   explore more LIGO & gravitational wave
   resources and lesson.


7:30pm     Webcast: The Truth in in
                      the Stars