Title: Gravitational Wave Astronomy: will it ever exist?

Dr. Mario Diaz
Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Texas at Brownsville

In this talk I review the current status of the field of gravitational wave detection and its potential for utilization in astrophysics. I will report particularly on the results of observations with more than a year of LIGO interferometers operating at design sensitivity. I will discuss the meaning of the upper limit studies performed with these results and its impact on astronomical observations. I will also talk about the existing collaborations among different gravitational wave observatories throughout the world and how different interferometers are integrated to operate as a network. I will finally discuss plans for future detectors including Enhanced LIGO, Advanced LIGO and space based interferometers like LISA.

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