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Organisation Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Location(s) Padua, Italy
Coordinates 45°21′09″N 11°56′58″E / 45.352469°N 11.949306°E / 45.352469; 11.949306Coordinates: 45°21′09″N 11°56′58″E / 45.352469°N 11.949306°E / 45.352469; 11.949306
Telescope style gravitational-wave detector

AURIGA (Antenna Ultracriogenica Risonante per l'Indagine Gravitazionale Astronomica) is an ultracryogenic resonant bar gravitational wave detector in Italy.[1] It is at the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, near Padova.[2] It is being used for research into gravitational waves and quantum gravity.

When the oscillator gets hit with a burst of gravitational waves, it will excite the oscillator and it will vibrate for a time span longer than the duration of the gravitational wave burst. This allows for the extraction of the signal from the detector.

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  1. ^ Francis, Matthew (2012-12-18). "Threatening (to discover) quantum gravity with a big metal bar". Ars Technica. 
  2. ^ "AURIGA EXPERIMENT, RESPONSIBLE: Massimo Cerdonio". INFN. Retrieved 2012-12-18.