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AccuConference Customer Profile: Advanced LIGO

By: Maranda Gibson

One of the really great things about our business is finding out we are part of something unique. It just so happens that AccuConference is currently a part of ground breaking scientific research that may prove the existence of the Big Bang. Ed Jasnow, the subcontract manager of LIGO, has been an AccuConference customer for many years. He took some time to give me an understanding of what LIGO is, what its goals are, and how AccuConference helps to make them happen.

What is Advanced LIGO?

LIGO, which stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, is designed to catch gravitational waves. The theory is that if a wave can be caught then its origin can be determined, and the scientists will be able to pinpoint what cosmic event caused this wave, which may include the Big Bang itself. The research is happening in two different phases and currently the scientists are at the half-way point, as they have proven that gravitational waves can be caught with sophisticated lasers. Now, the team of scientists, universities, professors, and researchers will begin the process of collecting and breaking down these waves to determine their origin.

How LIGO uses AccuConference

With scientists positioned around the world, AccuConference brings them together to report findings. "Teleconferencing has been vital to the transmission of information around the world for LIGO." Ed said, "You're basically the transmittal lines for all of our scientific data." Our international conference call service provides LIGO the ability to connect with all of their researchers without travel or expensive travel budgets. Without AccuConference, Ed and the other members of LIGO would spend a large portion of their budget on travel and long-distance costs. AccuConference helps them put their money where it really needs to be – in the important research.

What's next for LIGO?

The equipment being used for their research is currently going through an upgrade and Ed hopes that they will start getting new and improved data by 2013. In five years, Ed hopes that their research will pay off with a ground breaking conclusion allowing the entire LIGO team to head over to Stockholm, Sweden for their Nobel Prize. If you would like more information, you can find a list of helpful links below.

I'd like to thank Ed for taking the time to speak with me and I wish them the best of luck in their research and future ventures. If you would like to be featured in our monthly profile please call me at 800.977.4607 and ask for Maranda.

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