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Location(s)Padua, Italy Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates45°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 Edit this at Wikidata
OrganizationIstituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Edit this on Wikidata
Telescope styleGravitational-wave observatory Edit this on Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata
AURIGA is located in Italy
Location of AURIGA

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. Archived from the original on 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2012-12-18.