BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Appfire announced today their congratulations to the LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration and the general scientific community on their win of the Nobel Prize in Physics. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries. For well over four decades, Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish pushed scientific boundaries in order to prove Albert Einstein’s theory that gravitational waves existed. On September 14, 2015, the universe's gravitational waves were observed by LIGO for the very first time.
“In a nutshell, this was an international quest to prove Einstein’s theory of gravity,” said Raghu Bhagavathula, Head of Global Services, Appfire. “Our involvement was one of those, ‘pinch me,’ this cannot be happening kind of moments.”
Gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe, as Albert Einstein described in his general theory of relativity. Although Einstein was convinced that gravitational waves are always being created when a mass accelerates, he did not think that the waves could ever be measured.
“The description of this (gravitational wave) observation is beautifully described in the Einstein theory of general relativity formulated 100 years ago and comprises the first test of the theory in strong gravitation. It would have been wonderful to watch Einstein’s face had we been able to tell him,” says Rainer Weiss, professor of physics, emeritus, from MIT / LIGO (LIGO/Caltech GW150914 Press Release).
The discovery was made possible by the enhanced capabilities of Advanced LIGO, a major upgrade that increases the sensitivity of the instruments compared to the first generation LIGO detectors, enabling a large increase in the volume of the universe probed—and the discovery of gravitational waves during its first observation run.
In 2009, as part of Advanced LIGO, Appfire was selected as a vendor to design and develop an inventory management and control system, which was used to track hundreds of thousands of scientific parts involved with the upgraded LIGO observatories. “For the past eight years, we’ve cheered their team on from the sidelines and couldn’t be more proud of LIGO on their achievements. We are honored to have played a small part,” said Bhagavathula.
“Working alongside their project team is something I’ll never forget,” said Ajay Singh, Principal Software Architect, Appfire. “Their team was gracious, incredibly humble, and they went out of their way to make our software contribution seem so valuable.”
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