2016 LIGO Workshop at Buffalo

22-23 August, 2016


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 in the classroom.


Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Monday August 22

09:00     Opening/Welcome

09:30     Gravitational Waves Presentation
              (Avto Kharchilava)

10:30     Gravitational Waves and
              Interferometer review

12:00   LUNCH

13:00     Exploration of LIGO e-Lab: 

  • log in with account
  • create student account
  • review Resources and Project Map
  • try out features
  • Seismology Review

14:30     Break

14:45     Search and analyze in data:

16:00     End of Day

Tuesday August 23

09:00     Morning overview 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.

9:30  Group research - create posters

12:00     Lunch 

13:00     Poster Presentations

14:00     Implementation discussion

15:00     Reflection

15:30     Evaluation

16:00     End of workshop