In 2016, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) announced the first observation of gravitational-waves from colliding black boles. The following year, the observation of a binary neutron star merger with gravitational wave, optical and x-ray telescopes marked a significant breakthrough for multi-messenger astronomy. Syracuse University faculty played a leading role in the discovery and interpretation, which gathered world-wide media acclaim and defined a new field of astrophysics. Now, in 2023, Syracuse is once again at the forefront of this exciting field with the creation of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Astrophysics. We look forward to working with partners around the globe to expand our collective knowledge of the dynamics and history of the Universe.
Our group is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and is actively involved with the search for gravitational waves using data from the LIGO, GEO600, and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors. We also pursue research into gravitational-wave phenomenology and source modeling, in collaboration with our colleagues in numerical relativity.