RIT research was crucial for Nobel Prize-winning detection

October 03, 2017 08:37 PM

Nobel Prize-winning work may not have been possible without some help from RIT.

The Nobel Prize in Physics was given Tuesday to scientists Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barrish for their detection of gravitational waves, which helped prove predictions that Einstein made a century ago.


An RIT team in 2005 had simulated the collision of black holes that would give off those waves, which helped lay the groundwork for the award-winning research.

One professor who had been part of the RIT team says it is a great achievement for all of science.

"This is a great achievement for science in general," says Prof. Manuela Campanelli, director of Center of Computational Relativity. "It changed forever an important paradigm. Now we are looking at the universe in a totally different way."

Professor Campanelli says when she saw this latest research was so close to what RIT's simulations predicted, she actually was skeptical that it was even true! It was only months later she felt it was truly confirmed.


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