Indo-French collaboration part of the success of the gravitational waves detection

gravitational_wavesCongratulations to the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) on the detection of gravitational waves!

“It took worldwide village. The LIGO detectors with the VIRGO collaboration in Europe.” says Dr Gabriela Gonzales, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Indeed in the discovery scientific paper ( there are 74 French scientists and 35 Indian scientists. The institutes and universities from France and India related to this project are listed below.

In particular the group at RRI, Bangalore lead by Bala R. Iyer (currently at ICTS-TIFR) in collaboration with a group of French scientists pioneered the theoretical calculations used to model gravitational-wave signals from orbiting black holes.

A LIDO observatory will be opened in India; PM Modi confirmed it in his tweets last night: “Hope to move forward to make even bigger contribution with an advanced gravitational wave detector in the country.”

Read more on Nature India :


1.      Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune 411007, India

2.      International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore 560012, India

3.      Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, India 603103

4.      RRCAT, Indore MP 452013, India

5.      Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar Ahmedabad Gujarat 382424, India

6.      Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382428, India

7.      Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400005, India

8.      IISER-TVM, CET Campus, Trivandrum Kerala 695016, India

9.      IISER-Kolkata, Mohanpur, West Bengal 741252, India


1.      European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) ( Founded by CNRS based in Italy)

2.      Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules (LAPP), Université Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS/IN2P3,  F-74941 Annecy-le-Vieux, France

3.      LAL, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France

4.      APC, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, Université Paris Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/Irfu, Observatoire de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité, F-75205 Paris Cedex 13, France

5.      Artemis, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Observatoire Côte d’Azur, CS 34229, Nice cedex 4, France

6.      Institut de Physique de Rennes, CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, F-35042 Rennes, France

7.      Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, UPMC-Sorbonne Universités, CNRS, ENS-PSL Research University, Collège de France, F-75005 Paris, France

8.      Institut Lumière Matière, Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5306, 69622 Villeurbanne, France

9.      Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés (LMA), IN2P3/CNRS, Université de Lyon, F-69622 Villeurbanne, Lyon, France

10.  ESPCI, CNRS, F-75005 Paris, France

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