GWIC's mission is to facilitate international collaboration and cooperation in the construction, operation and use of the major gravitational wave detection facilities world-wide.
Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC) was formed in 1997 to facilitate international collaboration and cooperation in the construction, operation and use of the major gravitational wave detection facilities world-wide. It is associated with the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics as its Working Group WG.11. Through this association, GWIC is connected with the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (IUPAP's Affiliated Commission AC.2), its Commission C19 (Astrophysics), and another Working Group, the AstroParticle Physics International Committee (APPIC).
The Bylaws describe operation and governance of GWIC.
GWIC derives its standing in the international community from its relationship to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). In 2011, GWIC was appointed as a Working Group (WG.11) of IUPAP. Since that date GWIC reports directly to the IUPAP council.
Each year, GWIC provides a short report of its activities to the IUPAP Council. An archive of these reports is given below.
July 2023, online
The direct observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger in 2015 by LIGO and Virgo ushered in the era of gravitational-wave astronomy and has been heralded as a watershed moment in science. Motivated by the rapid growth and evolution of the field in the last five years, GWIC commissioned an update of the 2010 GWIC Roadmap.
Like its 2010 predecessor, the goal of the GWIC Roadmap is to serve the international gravitational wave community and its stakeholders as a tool for the development of capabilities and facilities needed to address the exciting scientific opportunities on the intermediate and long-term horizons. The updated roadmap assesses future developments in ground-based, space-based, and pulsar timing array gravitational-wave detectors, surveys the potential for growth in bandwidth and sensitivity of future gravitational-wave detectors, and highlights the science results anticipated to come from these new instruments.
Image: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet). Cover design: Charlotte Gurr, Springer Nature Limited.