In recent years, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has reported several gravitational wave detection cases, which is a huge breakthrough in gravitational wave detection, marking that mankind has entered a new era when scientists can study the nature of gravity, cosmology and astronomy through gravitational wave. This also provides an opportunity for the development of basic physics in China.
Taiji Lab (Hangzhou) is a crucial platform supporting the Taiji Program in Space Gravitational wave physics, an influenced part of the development planning of Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) for scientific innovation and a new engine for major scientific discoveries and cutting-edge technological breakthroughs. Supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), the lab will take the advantage of HIAS’s system, make good use of the regional resource of Hangzhou so as to strengthen its competitiveness in the science and technology and strive for major breakthroughs in key technology so that it can take a lead in the world science and technology competition. The main goal of the lab is to create a world-class research team in the field of gravitational wave, achieve pioneering outcomes in related fields and become a top gravitational wave laboratory in the world.
In-orbit tests of Taiji-1 experimental satellite has performed smoothly, marking China’s first step towards space gravitational wave detection and verifying the feasibility of Taiji Program in Space. It has also been listed in the top 10 science and technology progress news of China in 2019. Taiji Lab (Hangzhou) is a basic research platform for major science projects in physics and will be used for ground tests in gravitational wave detection, gravitational universe, deep space communication relay, Mars exploration, deep space positioning network, space ultra-precision measurement experiments and massive date collection and analysis, etc. Meanwhile, it can meet the science need for applicative science, such as weak force field measurement, space quantum experiments, inertial navigation, high-precision satellite platform etc.