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LIGO Awarded Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

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The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) operated by Caltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Designed to open the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics through the direct detection of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, LIGO’s multikilometer-scale gravitational wave detectors use laser interferometry to measure the minute ripples in space-time caused by passing gravitational waves from cataclysmic cosmic sources. LIGO consists...Read full article

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