UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium

Gravitational waves from LIGO’s first detection

Welcome to the UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium (U2GRC).

The U2GRC is a collaboration between the gravity research groups at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island. The research areas of interest to the group members include: black holes, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astronomy, astrophysics and quantum gravitation. Most members are part of the LIGO Science Collaboration or the LISA Consortium. Research efforts in the U2GRC are funded through multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, NASA and private foundations (FQXi and others).

U2GRC members collaborate externally with other research groups including the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration (Caltech & Cornell), Kavli Institute for Astrophysics (MIT), Black Hole Initiative & Center for Astrophysics (Harvard), Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Germany), Texas Tech, Penn State University and Louisiana State University.


  • Som & Gaurav’s work on black hole “hair” gets some media attention! - https://theconversation.com/black-holes-are-mysterious-yet-also-deceptively-simple-a-new-space-mission-may-help-physicists-answer-hairy-questions-about-these-astronomical-objects-222228 A more detailed version of the story is published here: Title: Fast spinning black holes develop short-lived “hair” in their gravity that are potentially observable. Story: This is amongst the best times to be a black hole physicist. Not only did our community just celebrate the 60th anniversary of the mathematical discovery of a […]
  • Come view the Eclipse with us! - https://www.uri.edu/news/2024/04/dont-be-left-in-the-dark-uri-professor-provides-lowdown-on-mondays-total-solar-eclipse/
  • Several new papers from U²GRC - Searching for gravitational-wave signals from precessing black hole binaries with the GstLAL pipelineAuthors: Stefano Schmidt, Sarah Caudill, Jolien D. E. Creighton, Ryan Magee, Leo Tsukada, Shomik Adhicary, Pratyusava Baral, Amanda Baylor, Kipp Cannon, Bryce Cousins, Becca Ewing, Heather Fong, Richard N. George, Patrick Godwin, Chad Hanna, Reiko Harada, Yun-Jing Huang, Rachael Huxford, Prathamesh Joshi, James […]
  • Approved space-based ESA/NASA LISA Mission supported by U²GRC. - UMass Dartmouth PR: https://www.umassd.edu/news/2024/lisa-mission.html URI PR: https://www.uri.edu/news/2024/01/european-space-agency-green-lights-mission-on-space-based-observatory/
  • LISA Mission Progresses Ahead! - Today, ESA’s Science Programme Committee approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, the first scientific endeavour to detect and study gravitational waves from space. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Capturing_the_ripples_of_spacetime_LISA_gets_go-ahead
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