International Summer Research Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates around the world

LAL (Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire), Orsay
Contact: Patrice Hello (Virgo leader at LAL)
LAL's main research activity is focused on particle physics. The Laboratory has now extended its investigations to astroparticle physics and cosmology. For the past 15 years, LAL has been involved in gravitational wave research for Virgo, and the Virgo group's activity is now focused on two topics: interferometer control and burst searches. In particular, in preparation for Advanced Virgo, we are operating at Orsay a test bench named CALVA composed of two coupled cavities (5-meters and 50-meters long) with suspended mirrors.