Outreach

Our group is actively developing new tools and using new media to demonstrate the technology and science behind the process of gravitational wave detection to a wider audience.

Follow us on twitter at @GW_Birmingham and @gwoptics to get news and info about our activities!

The Team Our latest efforts were concentrated on creating new and exciting online material about gravitational waves. This material is hosted at http://www.gwoptics.org. The following in particular are worth a visit:

In addition, a gravitational-wave detection rate calculator and a number of animations explaining detection and parameter estimation on gravitational waves are hosted at http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwastro/

Exhibition at the British
                     Science Festival 2010


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.