Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project is being set up in India in collaboration with United States of America by virtue of a Memorandum of Understanding or MoU. USA represented by National Science Foundation (NSF) and India represented by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) will be the signatories of the MoU.
This project gives the Indians, first-hand knowledge of the existence of gravitational waves which is of course a very recent phenomenon. Little vibrations of the universe can be handled by these sophisticated detectors and technological advancements.
Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi will be the person meeting scientists for the LIGO scenarios. The secretary for DAE, Mr. Sekhar Basu will be responsible for signing the agreement today in the USA. A Joint Oversight Group will be formed between the scientists of both countries represented by NSF, DST as well as DAE.
April 10th will be the date for setting up of the site validation in India. All these efforts go a long way in strengthening the efforts by both countries in strengthening its scientific manpower. Also it gives rise to a more set of cordial relations amongst both the countries. The gravitational waves are a very recent technological advancement for the scientists and researchers and are a point to ponder by the technologically advanced communities across the globe.