October 5th, 2017 | Company News

2017 Nobel Physics Prize awarded

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy this week in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize was split between three American Physicists, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The LIGO detector is an incredibly sensitive instrument capable of measuring the gravitational waves created in collisions between two black holes 1.3 billion years ago. This work marked the first observations of these gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.

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