How India Helped Prove Einstein Right on Ripples and Gravity – India Real Time – WSJ

The discovery of gravitational waves announced Thursday has given momentum to Indian scientists hoping to be the first outside of the U.S. to host the device that detected the signals from the collision of two black holes.

Indian scientists contributed significantly to the decades long hunt for evidence of gravitational waves and in identifying that they were produced by the cosmic clash of black holes a billion light- years ago.

The discovery verifies an unproven portion of Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and, because the waves are largely unimpeded by matter, offers a new way for astronomers to probe formerly hidden corners of the universe. Einstein first suggestedthe existence of gravitational waves in 1916.

Around 30 Indians were part of a 1,000-strong team of researchers from 15 countries led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that made the discovery using detectors at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO.

“I am so grateful for the major contributions, by Indian scientists working in India and abroad, that helped make this discovery and future discoveries possible,” said Kip Thorne, a Caltech theoretical physicist and co-founder of the LIGO project,  in a statement.

Indian data analysts developed and implemented techniques to find gravitational-wave signals amid noise and the country’s theorists computed the shapes of the signals, he added.

On Thursday, a tweet from the verified account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “immensely proud that Indian scientists played an important role in this challenging quest.”

Source: How India Helped Prove Einstein Right on Ripples and Gravity – India Real Time – WSJ

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One Comment to “How India Helped Prove Einstein Right on Ripples and Gravity – India Real Time – WSJ”

  1. How India Helped Prove Einstein Right on Ripples and Gravity – India Real Time—is an important and noteworthy news.

    I do think many Indians know about this. This is something to be proud of that Indian Scientists contributions have been recognised at the global level.

    Like

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