The Gravitational Waves Discovery Data

Citation Author(s):
Alan Weinstein, Roy Williams, Jonah Kanner, Michele Vallisneri, Branson Stephens
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Alex Outman
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Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:34
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On February 11th 2016 LIGO-Virgo collaboration gave the announce of the discovery of Gravitational Waves, just 100 years after the Einstein’s paper on their prediction. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration prepared a web page to inform the broader community about a confirmed astrophysical event observed by the gravitational-wave detectors, and to make the data around that time available for others to analyze


These data sets contain 32 secs of data sampled at 4096Hz an 16384Hz around the GW event detected on 14/09/2015.

How to acknowledge use of this data: If your research used data from one of the data releases, please cite as:

  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration, "LIGO Open Science Center release of S5", 2014, DOI 10.7935/K5WD3XHR
  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration, "LIGO Open Science Center release of S6", 2015, DOI 10.7935/K5RN35SD
  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration, "LIGO Open Science Center release of GW150914", 2016, DOI10.7935/K5MW2F23

and please include the statement "This research has made use of data, software and/or web tools obtained from the LIGO Open Science Center (, a service of LIGO Laboratory and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. LIGO is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation."

If you would also like to cite a published paper, M Vallisneri et al. "The LIGO Open Science Center", proceedings of the 10th LISA Symposium, University of Florida, Gainesville, May 18-23, 2014; also arxiv:1410.4839

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