Sunday, June 5, 2016

Laser Gravitational-Wave Observatory Researchers Receive 2 Awards

Diagram of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) located at two sites: LIGO Livingston Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana and LIGO Hanford Observatory near Richland, Washington. (Image Source: )

By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

Two prestigious awards in the sciences have been awarded to the designers and researchers of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which recently directly detected gravitational-waves for the first time. The direct discovery of gravitational-waves “has in a single stroke and for the first time, validated Einstein’s theory of general relativity for very strong fields,” said Mats Carlsson of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics in Norway.

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics announced on June 2 their awarding of the biennial Kavli Prize in Astrophysics to Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and to Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever of the California Institute of Technology. This prize was given to the three scientists for their groundbreaking work on LIGO. They will share the $1 million cash prize.

The Kalvi Prize came just a few days after the three researchers also received the annual Shaw Prize in Astronomy. According to the Shaw Foundation, they received this award “for conceiving and designing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), whose recent direct detection of gravitational waves opens a new window in astronomy, with the first remarkable discovery being the merger of a pair of stellar mass black holes.” For the Shaw Prize, the three scientists will share a $1.2 million cash award.

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Sources: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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