Lab facility

The Gravitational Wave Building

The Gravitational Wave Building

'Pulse' artwork

‘Pulse’, featured on the Facility building.

Located at the western end of The ANU Department of Quantum Science (Building 38b) the facility includes a laboratory, clean-down room, plant room, control room, office space and seminar facilities. The lab boasts a 12m x 12m clean room with an isolated concrete slab and a 2 tonne gantry crane for the installation of UWA designed suspension and vacuum systems. A filtered air conditioning system maintains the temperature to within 1 degree over a twenty-four hour period.

Analysing data from gravitational wave detectors requires significant computational resources. We use the supercomputing facilities at the Australian National Computational Infrastructure, Caltech (USA) and the Albert Einstein Institute (Germany) to store and process the large data sets involved in these searches.

The artwork featured on the side of the building is titled “Pulse”, a work of Marion Borgelt in collaboration with Catherine Donnelly. This work was commissioned by The Australian National University Art Collection in 2000.

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