“On September 2nd the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration announced the discovery of GW190521, the most massive gravitational wave binary observed to date.” stated the press release published by the scientific institutions regarding a May 21st 2019 recorded event. This ripple across space-time has propagated for more than 7-billion years according to Prof Nelson Christensen from the Côte d’Azur Observatory in France. This incident is leading to new investigation on the formation of super massive black holes that reside at the center of most galaxies. As the sensitivity of the interferometer continues to improve, frequency of detection rises and Access Laser stands proud in contributing to this progression. A key improvement that enabled the original 2015 Nobel Prize winning detection was using our light sources to help thermally compensate the massive optical elements which form the interferometer.

 

To read more about the event follow this link to LIGO’s online publication

 

To better understand the role Access Laser plays in improving these amazing instruments visit our Case Study

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