About KAGRA Project

About KAGRA Project

Deep under the mountain of the Kamioka mine in Kamioka-cho, Hida-city, Gifu-prefecture, there are many leading edge facilities to answer questions about many physics, astronomical and cosmological subjects that haven’t been answered, such as “Super Kamiokande” that is the successor of “Kamiokande”, with which Pro.Koshiba won the Nobel Prize because of detection of supernova origin neutrino in 2002. In 2010, a new challenging science project, KAGRA (Kamioka Gravitational wave detector, Large-scale Cryogenic Gravitational wave Telescope) has started.

This “underground” telescope’s detection target is not electro-magnetic waves but gravitational waves that are generated f om gravity of mass.

Because gravity is extremely important force that determines the structure and evolution of the cosmos, its is very important to detect directly gravitational waves to understand the cosmos.

This KAGRA project is now challenging the first direct detection of gravitational waves in human history to clarify many unfathomed abyss about black holes and so on.