PyCon Nove


19-22 aprile 2018

Python and the Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

On February 11, 2016, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration announced to the public the first direct detection of gravitational waves from the the coalescence of two black holes into a single black hole at a distance of over one billion light years from Earth. This detection marks the beginning of the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy. In this talk I will present an overview on the Advanced Virgo detector focusing on the role that it will play in the international detectors network once it will complete the current integration and commissioning phases. I will also provide a general overview on the different uses of Python within the Ligo and Virgo projects highlighting its current and planned use for the Advanced Virgo detector supervisory control automation, slow sample rate data acquisition and control room user interfaces development.

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