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Status of searches for gravitational waves - the next 5 years and beyond

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Gravitational radiation, or gravitational ‘waves’ – a prediction of Einstein’s General Relativity – are among the most elusive signals from far out in the Universe. Gravitational wave detectors will provide a unique tool for looking into the heart of some of the most violent events in the Universe by detecting changes in the very fabric of space-time. To do this is a huge experimental challenge – detectors are needed which can measure the effects of gravitational waves on the separation of objects with a sensitivity equivalent to measuring a change in the separation of the Earth and Sun of approximately the size of an atom – ‘Advanced’ detectors are nearing the end of construction with a new phase of operation to begin shortly. This talk will cover the status of the field, discuss the plans for first operation over the next 5 year, and discuss plans for the future of this new field.

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