The Nobel Prize for Physics was Awarded to Gravitational Waves Observers

Oct 05, 2017, 00:19
The Nobel Prize for Physics was Awarded to Gravitational Waves Observers

Few will be surprised with the news that the key players behind the discovery of gravitational waves have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2017. Renier Wiess will get half of the 9 million Kroner prize, with Barry and Kip sharing the other half.

"Einstein's theory was written down 100 years ago".

The Nobel winners and the late Ron Dreyer, also of Caltech, founded the global collaboration of physicists and astronomers known as LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) was designed and built specifically to observe that phenomenon, and in September 2015 the very first detection was confirmed.

The three Awardees are the members of LIGO-Virgo Collaboration which first detected the waves.

Einstein proposed that massive events that happen in the cosmos (such as two black holes colliding with each other) could cause ripples in space and time.

Pfeiffer and his team were among about 1,000 scientists in more than 20 countries who collaborated on the project that was about 50 years in the making.

The discovery ushers in a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy and provides astronomers with a new set of tools to probe the cosmos.

The laser device, called an interferometer, must be both exquisitely precise and extremely stable.

Barry Barish, now professor emeritus of physics at Caltech, joined the project in 1994 and later became the LIGO director.

In a week darkened by awful news, the announcement of a Nobel Prize award for an LSU professor is an especially welcome reminder of the wonder of human possibility. The waves were detected by two observatories located in Livingston, La. and Hanford, Wash.

The gravitational waves discovered are oscillations in space-time created by the collision of the black holes.

Gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe.

The film was praised for getting its physics right and all the credit went to Thorne - the slowing down of time, the spaceship speeding by black hole, the singularity experience and time as another dimension.