Scientists awarded with Nobel Physics prize for discoveries regarding gravitational waves


According to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, "gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe".

Gravitational waves from the black hole collision 1.3 billion years ago were detected on September 14, 2015, by twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Louisiana and Washington sate, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration team said in February 2016. They also led a group of more than thousand scientists who were a part of the research team of LIGO Scientific Collaboration who analysed the data.

First theorised by Einstein a hundred years ago, gravitational waves are ripples in the very fabric of space and time itself caused by unimaginably powerful cosmic events. The gravitational waves spotted were created 1.3 billion years ago, when two massive black holes collided, and the resulting disturbances were picked up by both LIGO facilities in the U.S., located in Washington and Louisiana.

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Weiss, emeritus professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an experimentalist who made major contribution in the concept design, funding and the construction of the observatory.

Black holes emit no light and therefore can only be observed through the gravitational waves. These gravitational waves will assure important process for the humanity to traverse the Universe. "A wealth of discoveries awaits those who succeed in capturing the waves and interpreting their message", the Nobel Prize Committee wrote in a press release about the winner's findings.

Nobel prizes are given by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Weiss won half the prize, with Barish and Thorne sharing the other half.

The Nobel Prize in physics was just awarded to a group with ties to Tri-Cities.

The work to detect the gravitational waves was done by the LIGO Science Collaboration, or LSC, a team of more than 1,000 scientists from universities in the US and overseas.

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"We are thrilled for Rai, Kip and Barry to be named Nobel laureates and are proud of the work done by the many people over many decades in the LSC to support and continue their vision".

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