Gravitational Wave Open Science Center
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Teachers & Students
Teachers & Students
Step 1: Watch Introductory Video (1)
How are gravitational waves created?
How are gravitational waves measured?
Footnote: Construction of the KAGRA detector in Japan has been completed since the production of this video.
Step 2: Watch Introductory Video (2)
How can a gravitational-wave signal be used to measure the mass and distance of its source?
Step 3: Waveform Fitter
Use the sliders
to adjust the model waveform
What happens when you increase the total mass?
What happens when you increase the distance?
Find a model that fits the data from GW150914
Compare your answer with
Note: You can add (Mass 1 + Mass 2) to find the Total Mass
Step 4: Sources and Signals
Learn about wave sources and signals
from music to gravitational waves
Calculate the size of a black hole using its gravitational wave frequency
Step 5: Signal Processing Tutorial
Signal Processing Tutorial
introduces using filters to find signals.
Find a secret sound hidden in noisy data.
Step 6: GW Data Quickview App
Try plotting data
from different events and glitches
Which events are easy to see, and which are harder?
Step 7: Classroom Activities
More To Explore
for a list of classroom activities and resources.
Step 1: Browse the Event Portal
Browse events in the
You may want to start with the GWTC transient catalog
Click on any event name to view details and download data
Step 2: Quickview Tutorial
the Jupyter Notebook
Learn to download, filter, and plot gravitational wave data
Step 3: Find large data sets
Follow the links to the O2 data set, and
query for data files
Step 4: Suggested papers
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger
A guide to LIGO–Virgo detector noise and extraction of transient gravitational-wave signals
Step 5: Complete an Open Data Workshop
Up to 20 hours
GW Open Data Workshops page
Select the most recent workshop
Watch the lecture videos and complete the sotware tutorials for a course in GW data analysis