Portable system boosts laser precision, at room temperature

“Light squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers, could enhance quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Quantum fluctuations can jiggle objects on the human scale

Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

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Capturing stardust

Danielle Frostig, a physics graduate student, is developing an instrument to study how the heaviest elements in the universe are produced.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

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New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 5, 2019 ~9 min

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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 12, 2019 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~6 min

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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Lisa Barsotti on the new and improved LIGO

“If we are very lucky, we might observe something new … or maybe even something totally unexpected.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2019 ~4 min

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LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2018 ~9 min

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Jacqueline Hewitt to step down as director of the MIT Kavli Institute

Physics professor brought leadership, resources, and an intellectual focus to the MIT astrophysics faculty and research staff during 15 years at the helm.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science • mit
Nov. 29, 2018 ~7 min

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