[Matplotlib-users] matplotlib at LIGO/GW observation

Julien Hillairet julien.hillairet at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 10:24:32 EST 2016


There is a Reddit Ask us Anything concerning the LIGO Scientific
Collaboration, with a dedicated discussion on the use of Python (and




2016-02-14 14:52 GMT+01:00 Nils Becker <nilsc.becker at gmail.com>:

> Hello everyone,
> as the direct observation of gravitational waves made its way round the
> world a few days ago, I was pleased to see that they (very probably) used
> matplotlib for their plots. They even used the new viridis colormap [1].
> I could not confirm this directly for the plots in the paper but at least
> the data analysis stack at LIGO seems to be built partly on python. They
> provide scripts to reproduce the data analysis in python and use matplotlib
> to plot it [2].
> In any case, maybe it's an idea to contact LIGO to confirm this and ask
> them if we could put the figure on the website gallery as a kind of "plot
> of honor" or something? I mean there is a chance that it's going to be the
> most famous plot done in matplotlib to this date.
> Cheers
> Nils
> [1] http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
> (page 2)
> [2] https://losc.ligo.org/software/
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