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Press Release 09-154

LIGO Listens for Gravitational Echoes of the Birth of the Universe

With sophisticated detection technology, results narrow range of waves from the Big Bang, and update theories about universe formation

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Photo showing an aerial view of the LIGO Livingston Observatory, located in Livingston, Louisiana.

An aerial view of the LIGO Livingston Observatory, located in Livingston, Louisiana.

Credit: LIGO Scientific Collaboration


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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration's first major paper on the early universe appears in the Aug. 20 issue of the journal Nature. A lead author, Vuk Mandic, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and LIGO's Stochastic Working Group cochair, describes the exciting, new findings.

Credit: University of Minnesota and the National Science Foundation

 

Photo showing an aerial view of the LIGO Hanford Observatory, located in southeastern Washington.

An aerial view of the LIGO Hanford Observatory, located in the Columbia Basin region of southeastern Washington. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, seeks to detect gravitational waves--ripples in the fabric of spacetime.

Credit: LIGO Scientific Collaboration


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