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Three U.S. physicists won Nobel Prize in Physics
Posted on: 04-10-2017 , 11:57:AM | DY365 Bureau

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 October 4, 2017: On Tuesday, three U.S. physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work that led to the detection of gravitational waves- the ripples in space-time made when black holes collide and when other big cosmic events happen. 

 
 
Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology and Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology split the $1 million prize, awarded for their work in designing and developing the detectors that proved the waves exist. 
 
 
“This year’s prize is about a discovery that shook the world,” the Nobel committee’s Göran Hansson said in making the announcement.
 
 
The winners join a prestigious list of 204 other Physics laureates recognised since 1901. Prof Weiss gets half of the prize money, while Barish and Thorne will share the other half.
 
 
Gravitational waves describe the stretching and squeezing of space-time that occurs when massive objects accelerate.
 
 
The warping of space resulting from the merger of two black holes was initially picked up by the US Ligo laboratory in 2015 - the culmination of a decades-long quest.
 
 
Speaking at a press conference, Olga Botner, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said: "The first ever observation of a gravitational wave was a milestone - a window on the Universe."
 
 
 

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