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Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves

February 8, 2016

International team of scientists to offer update on detection efforts, U of T collaborators to comment at live-viewing event

Toronto, ON– Media are invited to view a live webcast at the University of Toronto (U of T) as the National Science Foundation brings together scientists from Caltech, MIT, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (EST) at Washington’s National Press Club for a status report on the effort to detect gravitational waves – or ripples in the fabric of spacetime – using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

Participants in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration who are based at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at U of T will be in attendance. Harald Pfeiffer, Canada Research Chair for Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics and fellow in the Cosmology and Gravity program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, will be available to comment on the significance of the update and the University of Toronto’s role in the project.

For media unable to attend this live-viewing event, a URL for the live stream will be made available at 9:30 am on Thursday, February 11.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. With interest in this topic piqued by the centennial, the group will discuss their ongoing efforts to observe and measure cosmic gravitational waves for scientific research.

For background about the project, visit:


Thursday, February 11, 2016
10:30 AM EST


Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Toronto
Room 1318, Burton Tower
McLennan Physical Laboratories
60 St. George Street
Toronto, ON


Media Contacts:

Sean Bettam
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto
416-946-7950 (b)
647-228-5820 (c)

University of Toronto Communications

Lindsay Jolivet
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research