Introduction to GraWIToN
GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. This research field is in an impressive expansion period; in fact a new generation (2G) of detector is under installation and commissioning in these years. Advanced Virgo and Advanced LIGO promise the exciting discovery, in few years, of the first GW signal, predicted by the Albert Einstein General Relativity. The GW scientific community is continuously growing, and new actors are appearing in this scenario; a relevant boosting action is due to the Einstein Telescope project (ET), a future European Research Infrastructure, designed with the support of the European Commission thanks to a FP7 design study concluded in 2011. The young researchers will be embedded in this exciting research environment and will be trained in the cutting edge technologies adopted in the Gravitational Wave detectors. Complex optical apparatuses, high power and low noise lasers, high reflective coatings, optical simulation and modelling using parallel computing systems are the crucial technologies used in gravitational wave detectors that are extremely interesting in the industrial sector, as highlighted by the participation of two private companies as full participants and two as associated partner. The multidisciplinary aspect is completed by the astrophysics training, fundamental for a future researcher in this field, and by an expressly multidisciplinary module, addressed to the management and outreaching skills. The participation to this project of research institutes and universities will guarantee the possibility for the young researchers to achieve to doctorate degree. The participation to GraWIToN of four private companies will increase improve the training of the young researchers and increase their future employment possibilities. The complex network training is based on common schools, research activities and secondments in the labs of the participating partners.
Project Coordinator: Michele Punturo, INFN and EGO