Welcome to the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow

The work of this institute, supported by STFC funding, is concentrated on the development of detector hardware and software for sensing gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. The main areas of research are precision novel interferometric techniques, systems of ultra low mechanical loss for the suspensions of mirror test masses and analysis of gravitational wave data. The group is involved with the ground-based LIGO, VIRGO, GEO600 and KAGRA detector collaborations, and also the space-based eLISA mission.

LISA Pathfinder

The Glasgow team are actively involved in the international effort to fly a spaceborne gravitational wave observatory, called eLISA. This will provide observations of low frequency gravitational wave sources, such as inspiraling massive black holes, extreme mass ratio inspirals and binary systems in our own galaxy. We have built the core optical bench for LISA Pathfinder, which will pave the way for the eLISA mission by testing the required technology in space. LISA Pathfinder was successfully launched from Kourou Spaceport on Arianespace Flight VV06 on the 3rd December 2015 at 04:04 UST.