The detection of gravitational waves explained by researchers of the GRG

18 February, 2016

The researchers of the Relativity and Gravitation group of the University of the Balearic Islands shared the first detection from Advanced LIGO and the details of their experience in the first-time detection of gravitational waves with the members of the university community.

The colloquium took place on thursday, 18 of february of 2016 at 12.15 h in the "Salón de Actos" of Son Lledó building, university campus, Palma.

In this event spoke Dr. Alicia Sintes and Dr. Sascha Husa, professors of the Physics Department and members of the LIGO council; Dr. Mario Martínez, manager of the National Program of Particle Physics (FPA); and Dr. Carles Bona, head of the Physics Department.

Gravitational waves, detected hundred years after Einstein's prediction

The GRG of the UIB is the only group in the whole country that has participated in the first-time detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO scientific collaboration. For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves, that arrived at Earth originating from a catastrophic event in the distant universe. This confirms an important prediction of the General Relativity theory of Albert Einstein from 1915 and opens a new window to the cosmos.

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