Our mission is to pioneer the exploration of the universe through gravitational wave observations. Toward this end we engage in scientific research, research training of undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs; advocacy of the scientific value and excitement of gravitational wave observations; and public outreach at all levels. We work collaboratively and openly with other individuals or groups, large and small, to achieve our common goals and advance our common interests.
The detection of gravitational waves will close one chapter of discovery and open another. Our research is aimed at developing the understandings, tools and techniques necessary to write that next chapter:
- The operation of gravitational wave detectors: how they work; how they are best used to do science; and, the data analysis tools and techniques for understanding gravitational wave observations
- Gravitational waves and fundamental physics: using gravitational wave observations to test our understanding of gravity
- Gravitational waves astronomy and astrophysics: using gravitational waves to learn about their sources and the physical universe as a whole