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Gabriela González


  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe




Gabriela González is an astrophysicist who is interested in the detection of gravitational waves with ground-based observatories like LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory).
She is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and participated in the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016, opening a new window of discovery to the cosmos. She is focused on characterizing and reducing the noise in the LIGO detectors to enhance their astrophysical reach, as well as calibrating and analyzing the detectors’ data


  • Member, US National Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017
  • US National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery (awarded to Peter Saulson, David Reitze and Gabriela Gonzalez), 2017
  • Bruno Rossi Prize, High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (awarded to Gabriela Gonzalez and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration), 2017
  • Edward A. Bouchet Award, American Physical Society, 2007

Relevant Publications

  • "GWTC-1: A Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog of Compact Binary Mergers Observed by LIGO and Virgo during the First and Second Observing Runs." (2017).
  • "GW170817: Observation of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star inspiral." Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 161101 (2017).
  • "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger." Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2016).
  • "Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914." Classical and Quantum Gravity 33, 134001 (2016).
  • "Calibration of the LIGO Gravitational Wave Detectors in the Fifth Science Run." Nucl. Inst. and Methods in Phys. Res. Sect. A 624, 223 (2010).

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