Southeast Section APS meeting, LSU and LLO, Oct 2010

 

The very day that LIGO Livingston staff began decommissioning the initial LIGO detector to make room for Advanced LIGO, LSU and LIGO hosted a meeting of the Southeast Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) and a program for local science teachers.

LSC/Virgo joint collaboration meeting Hannover, Sept 2013

 

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo collaboration held a joint meeting in Hannover, Germany.  Included here are some photos of the data analysis computing cluster and of the GEO 600 detector site.

LSC/Virgo joint collaboration meeting, Nice, Mar 2014

 

The LSC and Virgo teams met again in Nice, France.  At the banquet, the two collaboration leaders signed our data-sharing agreement.

Advanced LIGO Dedication, LHO, May 2015

 

After 5 years of installation we gathered at LIGO Hanford to celebrate the dedication of the two Advanced LIGO detectors.

LSC meetings at LLO to prepare for discovery publication, Jan 2016

 

After months of careful analysis and the preparation of a discovery paper draft, Gaby led a set of in-person and teleconference meetings leading to the Collaboration's approval to publish our result.  Many colleagues were in town for  LIGO PAC meeting and a software face-to-face.

Announcement day press conference at LLO, Feb 11, 2016

 

On the day that the NSF, LIGO and Virgo announced the discovery of gravitational waves, LIGO Livingston hosted its own press conference for local and regional media, partners and collaborators.  Photos taken by Mike Fyffe, LLO.

Visit to LLO by NSF Director France Córdova, Feb 16, 2016

 

The National Science Foundation Director, France Córdova, visited LIGO Livingston the week after our discovery announcement.  She toured the site and then met, congratulated and thanked our staff for their hard work.  Photos taken by Eddy Perez, LSU.

LIGO Scientific Collaboration/ Virgo Collaboration  meeting held in Pasadena Hilton, March 2016

 

Photos are largely from the banquet and after-dinner remarks by Rai Weiss, Stan Whitcomb, Albrecht Rüdiger and Jim Hough, hosted by Gabriela González, about the early work that led to long-baseline gravitational-wave detectors..

American Physical Society meeting, held in Salt Lake City, April 2016

 

Photos from the inaugural meeting of the APS Division on Gravitational Physics, which had been until then the Topical Group on Gravitation, and of a dinner to celebrate the birthday of Beverly Berger, who was the founder of the Topical Group, among other things.

LLO Staff Dinner with Rai Weiss, August 2016

 

Livingston staff, students and visitors enjoyed a night out with Rai Weiss, who wanted to give us his impressions of where we were coming from and where we were going, thanking the staff for the hard work that led to the discovery.

LIGO/ Virgo Collaboration meeting, Glasgow, August 2016

 

The University of Glasgow hosted our summer '16 LVC meeting, which featured a number of excursions and (as seen in these photos) Scottish dancing at the banquet.