Funding Agencies

Funding for the LIGO-India facilities will come from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The LIGO Laboratory will provide the hardware for a complete LIGO interferometer, technical data on its design, installation and commissioning, training and assistance with installation and commissioning, and the requirements and designs for the necessary infrastructure (including the vacuum system), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Lead Institutions

The major operations required for LIGO India has been broken down and been distributed among the four lead institutions DCSEM, IPR, IUCAA and RRCAT.

Directorate of Construction Services and Estate Management (DCSEM), Mumbai

  1. Site Acquisition 
  2. Civil Infrastructure and Facilities

DCSEM has conceptualised the basic infrastructure design for LIGO-India laboratory. 

Institute of Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar

  1. Vacuum System & Mechanical Engineering
  2. Implementation CDS System

IPR has conceptualised the basic infrastructure design for LIGO-India laboratory. IPR has completed all the vacuum related drawings along with their critical dimensional tolerances.

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune

  1. Site selection and survey
  2. Data analysis and Computing facility
  3. Science and Human Resource Development

IUCAA currently hosts a LIGO Data Analysis System (LDAS) with about ~225TF of peak computing power. Civil infrastructure for future expansion to become Tier-1 data centre for LIGO-India is in place.

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore

  1. Detector Hardware Documentation & Pre-installation
  2. Optics & 3rd generation R&D
  3. Detector integration, installation and commissioning

In anticipation of the project approval RRCAT has initiated setting up of the requisite training infrastructure for the interferometer-detector installation and commissioning, programs towards development of ultra precise optics and ultra-stable laser systems and an off-site facility for staging and testing of the detector components being shared by the LIGO Labs.

Collaborating Institutions

Many other research institutions from India and abroad will play active roles in research and development for the project. Indian institutions will take part in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) through the LIGO-India Scientific Collaboration (LISC)