U.S. physicists win Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

U.S. physicists win Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

The observatory's presence near the Hanford site is visually astonishing, and aside from its role in detecting gravitational waves, the facility played a huge role in earning three men the Nobel Prize for physics.

Professor of theoretical physics at Caltech Kip Thorne (R) and Emeritus professor of physics at MIT Rainer Weiss (L) listen to remarks on the discovery of gravitational waves during a press conference in Washington, D.C., last year. Barish said the prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Tuesday represented a victory for Einstein.

The German-born Weiss was awarded half of the nine-million-kronor (US$1.1 million) prize amount and Thorne and Barish will split the other half.

Two US-based instruments working in unison, called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, detected the first waves caused by colliding black holes. Space time is the four dimensional array in which events and celestial bodies of the universe are observed.

Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . Staley, daughter of Bowdoin College Trustee Jes Staley '79, thought about being an economics major when she first came to the College, but after encountering Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in a course taught by Baumgarte, Staley says she was hooked. 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 USA, located in Washington and Louisiana.

"I view this more as a thing that recognizes the work of a thousand people", Weiss said.

"Gravitational waves are direct testimony to disruptions in space-time".

What has one of this year's Nobel Prize winning physicist to do with making a Hollywood film a blockbuster? Their brilliance and ingenuity helped make an extremely ambitious project work and their Nobel Prize is immensely well-deserved.

"Gravitational waves, which rhythmically stretch and squeeze space, change tone as their message alters".

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has released a statement saying: "So far all sorts of electromagnetic radiation and particles, such as cosmic rays or neutrinos, have been used to explore the universe".