U.S. Physicists Eye Australia for New Site of Gravitational-Wave Detector

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Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5995.1003

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U.S. physicists want to take parts from their massive twin gravitational-wave detectors and use them to build a third detector near Perth in western Australia. Adding a detector down under would greatly enhance the ability of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory to pinpoint sources of gravitational waves, should such waves ever be spotted. The cost to Australia would be $170 million, the price tag for building and maintaining the new site. In return, Australian physicists would gain full participation in the half-billion-dollar experiment.