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LIGO Convenes Fourth Scientific Collaboration Meeting

LIGO Convenes Fourth Scientific Collaboration Meeting

- Contributed by Rai Weiss

The fourth meeting of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) took place March 4 - 6 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Some highlights of the meeting include:

-- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, became a member of the LSC, represented by Professor Eanna Flanagan.

-- University of Texas at Brownsville, Texas, became a member of the LSC, represented by Professor Joe Romano.

-- The main business of the technical development groups was to develop a plan for the first upgrade of the LIGO detectors. The steps outlined in the LSC White Paper (October 1998) are still considered the baseline plan. A design summit will be held by the development group on isolation systems and suspensions in May 1999 to establish an implementation plan and a schedule. The plan will form the basis for a LIGO Laboratory detailed work breakdown structure and costing.

-- The GEO project has proposed to play a major role in the first LIGO upgrade with an effort to share equally with LIGO in the work and costs.

-- The data analysis groups are formulating a white paper on data analysis priorities. The white paper will be completed by October 1999.

-- The next LSC meeting, to be held at Stanford University July 19 - 21, will run for three full days with committee reports given on the afternoon of the third day.