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The University of Texas at Brownsville
11.03.11
 
Graduate student Luisa Fernanda Zambrano Marin cleans a mirror from the 16-inch telescope housed at the Nompuewenu Observatory on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus. The telescope is used both for research and community outreach.Graduate student Luisa Fernanda Zambrano Marin cleans a mirror from the 16-inch telescope housed at the Nompuewenu Observatory on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus. The telescope is used both for research and community outreach.
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Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy
September 2009 – August 2014

The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA) at the University of Texas at Brownsville was expanded in September 2009 to include experimental and applied physics. The Center, through a cooperative agreement with NASA University Research Centers, has become situated to further develop its world-renown theoretical and observational research program into fields of experimental and applied physics.

This evolving research, focusing on the instrumental side of gravitational wave astronomy, has smoothly integrated with the existing theoretical and observational expertise of the CGWA. This innovative thrust, directed by a team of outstanding experimentalists, recently joining CGWA, remains tightly focused on research associated with NASA's Science Mission Directorate and maintains relevancy to the LISA mission. In particular, the research in phenomenological astrophysics, source modeling and data analysis will continue to be developed in association with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and other missions which may complement gravitational wave observations. The addition of an experimental program in lasers and optics will allow the center to address instrumental needs for LISA as well as other Science Mission Directorate missions.

The Goals

The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy goals are:
  • To expand the research focus of the CGWA to include an experimental program concentrating on LISA instrumentation while maintaining current research excellence in astrophysics, data analysis, and radio astronomy
  • To support undergraduate and graduate students through stipends and scholarships to increase representation of local and minority students in NASA-related fields
  • To maintain and enhance current outreach programs to encourage regional high school students to pursue higher education degrees in NASA-related fields
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mario Díaz
Tel: (956) 882-6690, E-mail: mario@phys.utb.edu
http://cgwa.phys.utb.edu

Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520