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Gravitational Waves as Astronomical Tools: LIGO Team Members Awarded 2018 Berkeley Prize

12 Aug 2017, 13:41 UTC
Gravitational Waves as Astronomical Tools: LIGO Team Members Awarded 2018 Berkeley Prize
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The importance of the discovery of gravitational waves is being more widely recognized by the scientific community. Recently, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has awarded the 2018 Berkeley Prize to three researchers for their leadership roles in the development of the Advanced LIGO detectors, which have opened a new window on the universe. This decision marks the significance of gravitational waves for future research in the field of astronomy.AAS announced in late July that Dennis C. Coyne (Caltech), Peter K. Fritschel (MIT), and David H. Shoemaker (MIT) will share the 2018 Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy. This trio of researchers represents the team that developed the second-generation detectors for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and used them to detect oscillations in the fabric of space-time.“It is of course a personal pleasure, and I am very happy they chose the three persons they did — we worked very closely and in a complementary fashion to guide the project to a successful conclusion,” Shoemaker told Astrowatch.net.Shoemaker is the title Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Moreover, he led the Advanced LIGO team and serves as Spokesperson ...

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