NANOGrav is a collaboration of scientists working to detect and study gravitational waves — tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time.
About this image: Clockwise from top left: NANOGrav members gather at the Arecibo observatory; an artist's impression of a pulsar, an exotic object that we are using to search for gravitational waves; and the the Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Telescope, the two most important telescopes for NANOGrav.
Gravitational wave astronomy is at the cutting edge of modern science and is about to open a whole new window on our Universe.
About this image: An artist's impression of two merging black holes. The blue waves represent gravitational waves, which actually emit no light. NANOGrav will be sensitive to systems like this. Image credit: NASA
We use exotic objects called pulsars to create a "cosmic global positioning system".
About this image: A schematic diagram of a pulsar timing array. NANOGrav uses this technique to detect the influence of gravitational waves on the Earth.
We are a diverse group of astronomers, physicists, and engineers comprised of senior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students.
About this image: NANOGrav members gather for a group photo at our Fall 2012 meeting at Oberlin College.
NANOGrav members are located at over a dozen institutions throughout North America, and we collaborate with colleagues from around the world.
About this image: The location of NANOGrav member institutions across the United States and Canada.
We predict that we will detect gravitational waves within the next decade. But detection is only the first step towards ushering in a new era of gravitaional wave astronomy.
About this image: In this graph, solid lines represent the sensitivity of current and future gravitational wave experiments (regions above the lines can be detected). The shaded regions show the expected strength of gravitational waves from various sources according to different models. Pulsar timing arrays are towards the left, at the lowest frequencies, and are expected to make a detection of supermassive black holes or cosmic strings by no later than 2020.
NANOGrav held a Senior Personel meeting in Washington D.C. on December 16, 2013. An overview of our science and the status of our experiment was presented to the community. Here is the talk that was presented.
This material is based in part on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 968296. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.