The University of Mississippi
Department of Physics and Astronomy

LIGO e-lab Workshop — June 11 - 12, 2012

On June 11 and 12 the UM Physics Department will host a 2 day workshop titled “LIGO e-lab”. The workshop will train teachers to use the I2U2 online e-lab interface (, specifically the LIGO e-lab
( E-labs are web based science activities readily accessible to students in the classroom. The workshop is held at Lewis Hall on the UM campus.

The LIGO experiment ( Aerial photo of LIGO - Hanford 
                        site is searching for gravitational waves produced by violent cosmological events taking place in our universe. The e-lab is based on seismic data recorded near the LIGO Hanford interferometer. The LIGO e-Lab provides an experience in which students can investigate the seismic activity surrounding the sensitive interferometer.

Teachers will be introduced to the LIGO research program and the basis of laser interferometry. The workshop will instruct teachers on the I2U2 interface, train teachers to become expert in using the LIGO e-lab, and give teachers hands on experience with seismometers and interferometers.

Please email Dr. Cremaldi ( with the following information if you are interested in attending:


Attendance is limited to high school math and science teachers.


Monday June 11

Time Subject Room Speaker
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration Lewis 104  
8:30 - 9:30 AM Introduction Lewis 228 Cremaldi
9:30 - 9:45 AM LIGO Part I Lewis 228 Cavaglià
9:45 - 10:00 AM Break    
10:00 - noon LIGO Part II
Lab Work on Interferometers
Optics Lab (Lewis 203) Reidy, Cavaglià
noon - 1:00 PM Lunch    
1:00 - 2:00 PM LIGO Elab Overview Lewis 228 Ingram (EVO)
2:00 - 4:30 PM ELAB in Action Lewis 228 Reidy, Cecire
4:30 - 6:00 PM Wrap-up and prepare for day-2   Cremaldi
6:00 PM - Diner    

Tuesday June 12

Time Subject Room Speaker
8:30 - 9:30 AM Elab Share/Discussion Lewis 228 Cremaldi
9:30 - 10:30 AM Elab Teacher Tool Lewis 228 Ingram (EVO)
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break    
10:00 - noon Implementation Discussion Lewis 228  
noon - 1:00 PM Lunch    
1:00 - 2:00 PM Make/Share Implementation Plans Lewis 228  
2:00 PM - Workshop conclusion and other business Lewis 228 Cremaldi, Cecire

News article about the workshop.