Physicists help discover gravitational waves

A team of Syracuse University physicists has used the NYSERNet R&E network to help discover gravitational waves and confirm Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity. By analyzing data from the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Louisiana and Washington, S.U. professors Peter Saulson, Duncan Brown and Stefan Ballmer, and a group of nearly two dozen students and research scientists confirmed Einstein’s prediction of colliding black holes by discovering gravitational waves produced by such a collision.

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