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European Gravitational Observatory (EGO-VIRGO)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Via Edoardo Amaldi no. 5, European Gravitational Observatory, Cascina, PO: 56021 (Italy)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Participating Countries
Current Status:
Being upgraded since 2018
Scientific Description
EGO - the European Gravitational Observatory - is located in the countryside near Pisa in the Commune of Cascina.In order to ensure the long term scientific exploitation of the VIRGO interferometric antenna for gravitational waves detection as well as to foster European collaboration in this upcoming field, the VIRGO funding institututions (CNRS for France and INFN for Italy) have created a consortium called EGO (European Gravitational Observatory).VIRGO is a 3-km long interferometer built in the framework of a French-Italian collaboration. Today, this collaboration involves 19 laboratories with more than 250 scientists in France, Italy and also in the Netherlands, Poland and Hungary as well.EGO is established under the Italian law. Its governing body is the Council composed of members nominated by the funding institutions. The Council appoints a Director who is the legal representative and chief executive of EGO.The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), advises the Council on scientific and technical activities carried out by the Consortium and the Virgo Collaboration. The STAC is composed of up to ten international scientific personalities.

RI Keywords
Large infrastructure, Astrophysics, Laser, Optics, Gravitational wave observatory
RI Category
Gravitational wave detectors and Observatories
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering

EGO organizes international schools and workshops in GW research.

Access to the Advanced Virgo data

Access to the data of the largest European gravitational wave detector through MoA.

Physical access to the interferometer

Access to the Advanced Virgo machine for GW technology development.

Access to the optical/mechanical laboratories

EGO has laboratories with forefront technologies in optics, seismic noise filtering.

Giant interferometer

3kmx3km interferometer.

Clean Rooms

two clean rooms for optical equipment handling.

Laser laboratory

Optics and laser laboratory.

Seismic Filters

optical bench suspended to high performance seismic filters.

Astroparticle Physics European Coordination ( ApPEC )
Date of last update: 13/03/2019
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