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Studying Gravitational-Wave Physics in Italy

July 8, 2014

This summer, physics major Adrian Avila-Alvarez is getting hands-on research experience in gravitational-wave physics in Italy. Avila-Alvarez is working on the Virgo gravitational-wave detector as part of the University of Florida's International Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

His work focuses on assessing the coupling of electromagnetic noise (from things like electronics and power lines) into the signals recorded by the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Cascina, Italy.

"Adrian's research is aimed at improving the sensitivity of the Virgo detector so that it can, together with LIGO, detect gravitational waves in the coming years," said Joshua Smith, associate professor of physics and Avila-Alvarez's faculty mentor.

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