Commission D1 Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Scientific Objectives

IAU Commission D1 was instituted in August 2015 with the following goals:

  1. Integrate gravitational-wave observations into mainstream astronomy.
  2. Expand the knowledge and science impact of gravitational-wave astrophysics within the IAU community.
  3. Foster communication among diverse communities by providing a forum to bring together gravitational-wave physicists and astronomers, observers and theorists, to share their expertise and to plan gravitational-wave and electromagnetic observations, joint analysis and interpretation.

Commission D1 represents gravitational-wave searches over 12 orders of magnitude in frequency: going from nanoHertz of the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA) to low frequencies between 100 μHz and 0.1 Hz of the LISA space-based detector, and high frequencies from 10 Hz to kHz of ground-based detectors such as the LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA Observatories.

 

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