October 3, 2017, 11:30 CEST, at the AEI in Potsdam
On 3rd of October the Nobel Foundation will announce the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017. The event is broadcast live from Stockholm. The AEI in Potsdam invites all interested people to watch the live stream together with scientists from the institute.
On August 14, 2017, a gravitational wave generated by two merging black holes was observed jointly by the LIGO-Virgo network. The triple detection significantly improved the measurement of both the sky position and distance of the black holes. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and Hannover and at the Leibniz Universität Hannover have again made crucial contributions to the discovery.
The Virgo and LIGO Scientific Collaborations have been observing since November 30, 2016 in the second Advanced Detector Observing Run 'O2' , searching for gravitational-wave signals. Some promising gravitational-wave candidates have been identified
On 13 June 2017 a paper appeared on the arXiv titled “On the time lags of the LIGO signals” by Creswell et al. This paper calls into question the 5-sigma detection claim of GW150914 and following detections. Ian Harry, postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam refutes these claims.
Honoring the detection of gravitational waves, LIGO founder Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have been bestowed with the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened. As was the case with the first two detections, the waves were generated when a pair of black holes merged to form a larger black hole.