Massive Gravitational Wave Binary Discovered with Laser Interferometer
“On September 2nd the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration announced the discovery of GW190521. T, the most massive gravitational wave binary observed to date.” This was the statement released to the press by the scientific institutions, regarding a May 21st 2019 recorded event.
This ripple across space-time has propagated for more than 7-billion years according to Prof Nelson Christensen from the Côte d’Azur Observatory in France. This incident is leading to new investigation on the formation of super massive black holes that reside at the center of most galaxies.
As the sensitivity of the interferometer continues to improve, frequency of detection rises and Access Laser stands proudly in contributing to this progression. A key improvement that enabled the original 2015 Nobel Prize winning detection was using their light sources, including L50-ST-WCCL to help thermally compensate the massive optical elements which form the interferometer.
To read more about the event follow this link to LIGO’s online publication.
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