Louisiana is internationally recognized for its research base. In addition to the excellent resources of its many universities, a strong partnership among business, universities, and elected leaders has resulted in the development of numerous world-class research facilities. (Please note, the following links will take to another web site. Please bookmark this page now.)
Livingston Parish has been chosen as one of two sites for a $365 million federal research project. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), funded by the National Science Foundation, will do cooperative work under the joint supervision of the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The facility will have between 30 and 35 permanent physicists and other scientists working in the laboratories and office building.
The observatory is intended to detect gravitational waves, which are movements caused by violent cosmic events such as exploding stars and the formation of black holes.