Our latest efforts were concentrated on creating new and exciting online material about gravitational waves. This material is hosted at gwoptics.org. The following in particular are worth a visit:
- Ebook on gravitational wave detection: Simple explanations for how a gravitational wave detector works.
- Space Time Quest: A manager-style game in which you can design a gravitational wave detector.
- Black Hole Pong: A cosmic interpretation of the classic game, which will give you a good handle on gravity.
- Several little Java applets that illustrate a bit of the physics involved.
In September 2010 the British Science Festival came to Birmingham! We put together an exhibition entitled 'Looking for Black Holes with Lasers'. The exhibition lasted for three days and was centered around a set of interactive computer games and hands-on demonstration models of gravitational-wave detector technology; three public talks completed the program.
Over 250 visitors joined us to find out how we use lasers to discover black holes by observing the gravitational radiation that they emit. For photos and more information please see the exhibition page.
More recently, we have taken our exhibition to many science festivals, open days and events, including meet-the-expert sessions at ThinkTank, activities to coincide with hosting BritGrav 15 and a special series of Astronomy in the City to celebrate the 100th anniversay of general relativity.