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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cornell Plays Key Role Surfing for Gravitational Waves

A full century after Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity proclaimed that gravitational waves cause ripples in space-time, humanity may finally have the tools to detect these waves. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $14.5 million to the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) consortium over five years to create and operate a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC). The NANOGrav PFC seeks to detect low-frequency gravitational waves, which are elusive swells in the fabric of spacetime that arise from cosmic events involving extremely large masses. In Einstein’s Theory of Gravity, these events produce distortions that can be measured with radio telescopes.

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