The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), made a startling observation earlier this month on August 17th when it captured ripples in the fabric of space-time originating from a neutron star collision, some 130 million light years away. Check out this explanatory video below.
At least 40 scientists from 13 Indian institutions, including IIT-Bombay played an important role in this discovery. The Indian scientists were part of the team of 1200 scientists from 100 institutions worldwide, said Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) in a statement late on Monday night.
The Indian scientists contributed to the fundamental algorithms which are crucial to search for inpiralling binaries in noisy date from multiple detectors, in computing waveforms for these signals by solving Einstein’s equations, separating astrophysical signals from numerous instruments and environmental artefacts, interpreting the joint gravitational-wave and Gamma-ray observations, tests of Einstein’s theory and many other aspects of the data analysis.
Information taken from the New York Times & ET