Nobel Prize in Physics to LIGO

October 4, 2017

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On October 3, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne, all of the LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO collaboration, first on 14 September 2015 and then several times since, is without a doubt one of the major scientific discoveries of the 21st century so far. It opens up an entirely new branch of astronomy and offers hope of answering entirely new questions in particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. Researchers from CP3-Origins used the first detection of gravitational waves by LIGO to probe the neutrino mass hierarchy.

We congratulate the recipients for a well-deserved prize and refer to the Nobel Prize website for further information.