Gravitational Waves Detected, Einstein Was Right

Posted: Feb 12 2016, 3:47am CST | by , Updated: Feb 12 2016, 4:23am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Detected for the First Time
RIT scientists produced one of the first computer simulations of gravitational waves from colliding black holes. The signals they predicted were confirmed by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration's first observation of gravitational waves. Credit: Campanelli et al.
  • Einstein’s Postulate concerning Gravitational Waves turns out to be Right

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Einstein’s postulate concerning gravitational waves turned out to be right after all. LIGO has confirmed that the rumor that is doing the rounds is correct.

The study conducted by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) proved the existence of gravitational waves. This research took some looking into the effects of twin black holes.

The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration confirmed that gravitational waves do exist as postulated by Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

A brand new method of perceiving the universe had just come into being. This method uses gravitational wave astronomy.

The total researchers who worked on the project were six in number. And the paper, published in Physical Review Letters, cited previous studies that were conducted in 2005.

LIGO caught signals that matched the confirmations of most of the RIT researchers. The inter-melding of twin black holes was simulated and the the ensuing gravitational waves were recorded.

"The direct observation of a binary black hole merger by LIGO is an amazing confirmation of our theoretical calculations," said Campanelli, professor in RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences and an American Physical Society Fellow. "This is a historic moment in science."

This is indeed a very important landmark in the history of science. Einstein’s theory had already been way ahead of its time. And it had predicted gravitational waves as part of its futuristic implications. Today, it has been vindicated.

Basically, the radiation coming out of merging black holes was put under supercomputer analysis and the results were obvious.

Various scientific concepts also got clarified via this method. It seems that the more we discover, the more we find our limitations as regards the universe.

Here in particular, the purely theoretical has been confirmed by practical observation. It seems we have reached the crux of science and all things scientific.

"It is incredibly exciting to see the deep connections between theory and observation," said Lousto, a co-author on both the 2006 and LIGO breakthrough papers.

"This is the Holy Grail of science. To confirm amazing predictions of general relativity is a dream come true. We have witnessed a historic event, the confirmation of the 100-year-old predictions of Einstein regarding gravitational waves and our 10-year-old computation of the merger of two black holes in a single event."

General relativity is the stuff that dreams are made of. The fact that the century old predictions of Einstein are coming true is a surprise and a delight alright.

RIT associate professor Yosef Zlochower, then a postdoctoral fellow and the fourth member of Campanelli's team, said, "We are witnessing the dawn of a new understanding of the universe. This has been decades in the making, and we are very proud to be part of this great effort."

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