The detection of gravitational waves will reveal new aspects of the Universe.
The GW Project Office is undertaking the KAGRA project together with ICRR, KEK, and other institutes. KAGRA is a large cryogenic gravitational wave antenna using a 3-km laser interferometer underground at the Kamioka site. TAMA300, a 300-m laser interferometer situated on the Mitaka campus, is a precursor to KAGRA and acts as a test facility to evaluate key elements and techniques before use in KAGRA. We are also designing the space-based DECi-hertz Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (DECIGO) in anticipation of future deployment.
NAOJ is responsible for several key parts of the KAGRA project.
We are developing new technologies to further improve the sensitivity of future detectors.
Collaboration with other observation channels will give us deeper insight into gravitational wave events.
We have a 300-m long prototype gravitational wave detector in the Mitaka campus.
A future project to construct a gravitational wave detector in space.