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Detecting Gravitational Waves: An Update On This Nobel Prize-Winning Project

Jason Rieve
(From left) Tom Luljak with Patrick Brady.

A few years ago, a group of scientists from around the world announced they did something that’s never happened before. They confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, something first predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago.

News of the discovery of gravitational waves sent shock waves throughout the scientific community, including here in Milwaukee where UWM physicists were intimately involved in the groundbreaking research.  Today, the discoveries continue with more gravitational waves detected in the sensitive technology.

On this edition of UWM Today, we get an update on this project, which won the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Our guest is Patrick Brady, the director of the Leonard E. Parker Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics at UWM. Patrick was recently named chief spokesperson for the international consortium of 1,300 scientists working on the gravitational wave project.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.