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Objectives
Step 1: Watch Introductory Video (1)
7 Minutes
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)
6 Minutes
How can a gravitational-wave signal be used to measure the mass and distance of its source?
Step 3: Waveform Fitter
5 Minutes
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
published parameters
.
Note: You can add (Mass 1 + Mass 2) to find the Total Mass
Step 4: Sources and Signals
50 Minutes
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
30 Minutes
The
Signal Processing Tutorial
introduces using filters to find signals.
Find a secret sound hidden in noisy data.
Step 6: GW Data Quickview App
15 Minutes
Try plotting data
from different events and glitches
Which events are easy to see, and which are harder?
Step 7: Classroom Activities
Open Ended
Teachers:
See
More To Explore
for a list of classroom activities and resources.
Learning Path
Researchers
Step 1: Browse the Event Portal
10 Minutes
Browse events in the
Event Portal
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
15 Minutes
Launch
the Jupyter Notebook
Learn to download, filter, and plot gravitational wave data
Step 3: Find large data sets
10 Minutes
Visit the
data page
Follow the links to the O2 data set, and
query for data files
Step 4: Suggested papers
2 hours
Read
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger
Read
A guide to LIGOâ€“Virgo detector noise and extraction of transient gravitational-wave signals
Step 5: Complete an Open Data Workshop
Up to 20 hours
Visit the
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