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Gravitational waves open new window on universe

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May 8, 2016
Science on the Hill: Gravitational waves open new window on universe

A simulation of two merging black holes, creating gravitational waves. Photo courtesy of LIGO.

Science on the Hill: Gravitational waves open new window on universe

by Christopher Fryer

Now that gravitational waves have been found, what can be done with them? Lots, it turns out, as these waves open a new window on the very large and very small workings of the universe.

Members of the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory have worked for years to develop computer models of neutron stars and black holes, potential sources of the gravitational waves. Others in the Laboratory’s Space Science & Applications group and the Space & Remote Sensing group worked on instruments for observing related electromagnetic signals in research that followed the detection.

This article first appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.


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