2017/10/03: EDT congratulates the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne (CalTech) and Ranier Weiss (MIT), for their work at Caltech’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) using EDT products. Their groundbreaking research and related Nobel Prize win have been followed by virtually every mainstream and science-related news outlet around the world.
Gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein 100 years ago, are cosmic ripples which distort space-time. LIGO uses EDT frame grabbers and fiber extenders / converters (as described in a 2015 paper) to detect these waves. LIGO’s Hartmann Sensor Control System incorporates a 1-megapixel CCD camera outputting 11-bit data at 60 Hz. The resulting 120 MBytes/sec data stream is transferred over the 100-meter distance via an EDT RCX Camera Link fiber-optic extension system, and into the memory of the receiving Linux computer via an EDT PCI Express Camera Link frame grabber.
EDT is excited and honored to have a part in this breakthrough research. For details, explore the links below.
EDT VISION PRODUCTS
Frame grabbers: https://edt.com/product-lines/camera-link-frame-grabbers/
ORIGINAL LIGO-RELEASED INFORMATION
Press release (webpage): https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/ligo20160211
Press release (PDF): https://www.ligo.org/news/detection-press-release.pdf
Press conference (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEPIwEJmZyE
UPDATES FROM SCIENCE-FOCUSED NEWS OUTLETS*
Science Alert: https://www.sciencealert.com/nobel-prize-physics-2017-news-gravitational-waves-ligo-weiss-barish-thorne/
Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nobel-physics-prize-goes-to-gravitational-wave-scientists/
UPDATES FROM MAINSTREAM NEWS OUTLETS*
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/science/nobel-prize-physics.html/
Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-nobel-ligo-caltech-20171003-story.html/
* These links are just a tiny sampling of the extensive coverage of this Nobel-recognized research by major news outlets worldwide. More coverage is readily available from multiple independent news sources.