Category Archives: Research at Home

UWM networking maintenance

There is a need to upgrade the networking equipment at UWM and we want to do so before the new Web site launch. As a result, the Einstein@Home project will be down on Monday July 25, 2016; starting at 1300 UTC. That’s 1500 for most Europeans and 0900 for East-coast North America. It’s our hope that the network downtime will be less than 20 minutes. During this time the Einstein@Home project will be off and the Web site will be unavailable.

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Upcoming website relaunch

After a long time of development and testing we’re ready to relaunch our website! The new site will feature a new design that’s much improved over the current more than 10-year-old set of pages. The current Einstein@Home website is neither visually appealing by today’s standards, nor is it particularly accessible because of the current structuring of information. First time visitors and potential new volunteers can be confused and we want to avoid that of course. We want to release a fully revamped website with an entirely new […]

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New minutephysics video about gravitational waves and Einstein@Home

Henry Reich from the YouTube channel minutephysics has released a new video about gravitational wave basics. It explains how gravitational waves are generated, why we need very, very sensitive detectors like the Advanced LIGO instruments and how everybody can help searching for gravitational waves. You guessed it: by running Einstein@Home. Watch, enjoy, and share the video available here on YouTube. We are looking forward to your feedback and discussions here in our message boards. Cheers,Benjamin for the entire Einstein@Home team P.S.: Full disclosure: Einstein@Home supported Henry Reich/minutephysics […]

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Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data

Message boards : News : Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data Author Message Oliver BockVolunteer moderatorProject administratorProject developerSend messageJoined: 4 Sep 07Posts: 513Credit: 24,180,435RAC: 0 Message 159667 – Posted: 1 Jul 2016, 7:08:02 UTCLast modified: 1 Jul 2016, 7:08:31 UTC The analysis of the results from the four combined Einstein@home runs on S6 LIGO data are out: Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data running on the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project We […]

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LIGO Does It Again: A Second Robust Binary Black Hole Coalescence Observed

The two LIGO gravitational wave detectors in Hanford Washington and Livingston Louisiana have caught a second robust signal from two black holes in their final orbits and then their coalescence into a single black hole. This event, dubbed GW151226, was seen on December 26th at 03:38:53 (in Universal Coordinated Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time), near the end of LIGO’s first observing period (“O1”), and was immediately nicknamed “the Boxing Day event”. In GW151226, the two black holes weighed in at 14 and 8 solar masses […]

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“Donating my unused computing power can contribute to the public good.”

Mark McCaskill is a public sector planner living in the southern United States. He is a foreign language enthusiast, and like many parents of young children, he is deeply involved in their sports and other activities. He has also been a World Community Grid volunteer since 2008. “I participated in SETI@Home, so I was familiar with the concept of volunteer computing,” he says. “Years later, when I heard about World Community Grid’s projects related to cancer, sustainable energy, and similar studies, I realized that donating unused computer […]

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First search on the advanced-generation LIGO detector data

Message boards : News : First search on the advanced-generation LIGO detector data Author Message The first E@h search on the advanced-generation LIGO detector data (O1) has started ! We are searching the sky for gravitational wave signals with frequencies between 20 Hz and 100 Hz. We have packed two searches in a single application: one for standard ever-lasting continuous gravitational waves and the other for continuous signals lasting only some days. The run was designed to last no more than a few months because we have […]

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Public Update on first Advanced LIGO Observing Run

Author Message Dear Einstein@Home Volunteers, Following the completion of the first Advanced LIGO Observing Run, the LIGO Laboratory and LIGO Scientific Collaboration will give a public update on the status and results on Thursday February 11th at 10:30 US Eastern Time. Bruce AllenDirector, Einstein@Home Here is a link to the announcement. http://www.ligo.org/news/media-advisory.php____________Regards,Bob P. More Info from Us here around Hanford Washington LIGO (you have to be a media member …..Grrrrrrr)____________ Yes “For press not based in the Washington, D.C. area, this event will be simulcast live online […]

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Discovery of 13 new gamma-ray pulsars by Einstein@Home volunteers

Message boards : News : Discovery of 13 new gamma-ray pulsars by Einstein@Home volunteers Author Message The 4th Einstein@Home survey for gamma-ray pulsars, or “FGRP4”, using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is currently nearing completion. This survey has incorporated many new advances that we learned during our previous investigation of blind search methods. In addition, we were able to utilize the superior “Pass 8” data from the Fermi-LAT team, and search in longer data sets than ever before. In combination, these improvements led to FGRP4 […]

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Exciting news: Gravitational Waves detected!

Author Message Bruce AllenVolunteer moderatorProject administratorProject developerProject scientistSend messageJoined: 15 Oct 04Posts: 1104Credit: 171,768,817RAC: 0 We want to share our excitement about the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves! The event happened right before the beginning of the first observing run of the advanced LIGO detectors, on 14 September 2015. The waves were generated as two black holes merged into a single black hole about 1.3 billion light years from Earth. In astronomy units this is 410 Mpc, approximately 10% of the way across the visible Universe! Just […]

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