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India Poised to Join Hunt for Gravitational Waves

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Science  14 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6172, pp. 717
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6172.717

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An emerging global network of detectors is watching for gravitational waves: ripples in spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. As part of an ongoing upgrade of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, scientists want to extend the global network. India has offered to host a detector that could come online in 2020; the Indian government must still develop a management structure for the project and commit to a schedule and budget.