Scoping Out the Futuristic Einstein Telescope

In a former newspaper printing plant in the southern Dutch town of Maastricht, the future of gravitational-wave detection is taking shape. In a huge hall, known to locals as the “big black box”, construction of a facility called ETpathfinder has just got under way, with the first experiments due to start as soon as next year. ETpathfinder will be a testing ground for the new technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in frequency ranges that the present generation of detectors cannot cover.

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