Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that colliding black holes and neutron stars generate ‘gravitational waves’ that cause ripples in the fabric of space-time. After such an event, space-time does not return to its original state, instead it stays permanently warped. The astonishing prediction of Monash University researchers (and OzGrav investigators) Eric Thrane and Paul Lasky, along with student Lucy McNeill is that this warping could be detected using the advanced LIGO detector - even when the signal that caused the warping was not observed.
More details in the Press Release, New Scientist article, and the full publication.
OzGrav researchers describe how Einstein’s ‘spooky’ entanglement could help detect gravitational waves
OzGrav researcher David Blair (UWA) writes in The Conversation about a paper in Nature magazine co-authored by fellow OzGrav researcher Chunnong Zhao (UWA). Zhao and colleagues have created an exciting new design that makes use of quantum entanglement to make more sensitive gravitational wave detectors.
Congratulations to OzGrav Program Leader Prof Susan Scott (ANU) who was selected to participate in the Homeward Board program, a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The initiative, turned global movement, aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet, within 10 years.
Prof Scott will undertake a year-long program to develop leadership and strategic capabilities, including an Antarctic expedition in February 2018. We will be following her journey over the next year here at ozgrav.org! Listen to Susan Scott speak about the program and how she is preparing for the journey with this 2CC radio podcast.