LIGO Optics Lab


The Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory, or LIGO Lab, is used mainly by Physics majors for undergraduate research. Whether working with a professor or on a class-based project, the LIGO Lab offers students the chance to study gravitational waves and sources as well as other general relativity research.

The lab houses 300 milowatt lasers used for mirror and refraction systems testing experiments. One project that utilizes this lab involves undergraduate research and work on the writing of algorithms and computer programs to reduce the noise “seen” when observing gravitational waves. This research is used by the two LIGO labs in the United States, located in Washington and Louisiana.

Lab Information

Location: Building 61
Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 928-777-6600 or 800-888-3728, or email