Einstein's waves win Nobel for 3 Americans

Einstein's waves win Nobel for 3 Americans

Einstein's waves win Nobel for 3 Americans

The Royal Swedish Academy for Science had declared the award for Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne for their contributions in the development of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detector and for their observations of gravitational waves. When the discovery was announced several months later, it was a sensation not only among scientists but the general public. Eastern Daylight Time (9:51 UTC) scientists observed for the first-time ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This remarkable experiment has detected gravitational waves and confirmed that they came from colliding black holes far away from the earth. Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the other half of the prize.

A total of 37 Indian scientists contributed and co-authored the gravitational waves discovery paper which has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

See you when the next gravitational wave is detected! The reason they're 1,000 miles (1,609 km) apart is to better detect gravitational waves emanating from space.

LIGO team's visualization of gravitational waves caused by two rapidly orbiting black holes in a binary system. He says the Prize is well deserved because the work has opened up a new window in astronomy that allows new insights into black holes and neutron stars. "We're measuring the distance between pairs of mirrors by bouncing the laser beams back and forth". It's shaped like a giant L - two 2 and a half mile-long measuring sticks at right angles to each other. [Image: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)] Researchers kept working to spot gravitational waves for decades, despite not knowing whether they'd ever be found, and never overstated what they had found even in the face of external skepticism, he says. The 37 Indian scientists are from nine institutes, including Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). The waves were very weak and the laser detectors could spot differences which were thousand times smaller than that of an atomic nucleus.

The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin LIGO detectors, located in Livingston, La., and Hanford, Wash.

Currently, Indian participation in the worldwide LIGO Science Collaboration, has over 60 researchers, constituting five of the members of the LSC, making it the fourth largest national participant.

The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of Swedish business tycoon Alfred Nobel, who bequeathed much of the fortune he generated from his discovery of dynamite.

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