Gravitational-wave Observatory on Moon for Cosmology: A Wild Ambition Ravikiran Hegde & Dr. Karan Jani

Why is the moon an ideal location for furthering the sensitivity of GW detectors? Read this engaging article by aspiring physicist Ravikiran Hegde and research faculty Dr. Karan Jani to know more.


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Visualisation for LIGO-India by Ravikiran Hegde inspired by K. Jani and A. Loeb JCAP 06 (2021) 044.

Acknowledgements: NASA's Scientific Visualisation Studio
Credit: LIGO India/Ravikiran Hegde


Ravikiran S Hegde is an aspiring physicist and an avid learner; currently pursuing BS-MS at IISER-Thiruvananthapuram.


Dr. Karan Jani is an astrophysicist working in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy. He is currently a research faculty at Vanderbilt University and a scientist with the Nobel Prize-winning experiment LIGO.