The Optical Society of America (OSA) recently honored the Advanced LIGO Engineering Team with the 2016 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. Chris Guido, now an Optical Engineer with 4D Technology, was part of the team that was honored.
The Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Engineering Team received the award for their participation in the detection of gravitational waves, confirming Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. The detection is among the most significant discoveries in the last century of physics and was made possible by photonics technology, including the ultra-precise laser-based interferometers used to measure gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves were detected in October 2015 using advanced optics-based systems that were able to pinpoint the precise moments they were produced. Unlike light, gravitational waves are not diminished by interstellar dust as they propagate through space. By detecting them, the research team was able to peer into the most energetic events of the universe and explore the cosmos in a completely new way.
The team received the award during OSA’s Frontiers in Optics meeting in Rochester, New York, in October 2016. Congratulations to Chris and to the entire LIGO team.