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Italy and gravitional waves: event at the Embassy in Washington DC



Italy and gravitional waves: event at the Embassy in Washington DC

The announcement of the discovery of the gravitational waves yesterday shook the international community. We are very proud of Italy’s strong contribution to this historic discovery. More than 200 Italian researchers out of about 1,000 signed the discovery paper published by Physical Review Letters:

Marco Drago, a thirty-two-year-old Italian postdoctoral student and a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, was the first person to observe the cosmic signal:

On the day of the announcement, our Embassy had the honor to organize an event with some of the Italian scientists who have important responsibilities either in the US based LIGO project or in the Italy based VIRGO project near Pisa - the two collaborations that form the international network that authored the discovery paper.

The event was chaired by Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Vice President, Prof. Antonio Masiero.

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In the photo (L to R, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC)

First row: Francesco Fidecaro (Univ. Pisa, former Spokesperson of VIRGO), Marco Cavaglia (Univ. of Mississippi, Deputy Spokesperson of LIGO), Maria Alessandra Papa (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover, Data Analysis Coordinator of LIGO ), Lisa Barsotti (MIT, Principal Investigator in LIGO), Alessandra Buonanno (Director of Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam & professor at the University of Maryland – LIGO).

Rear: Matteo Barsuglia, CNRS France – VIRGO Project, Stefano Lami- Sciençe Counselor, Embassy of Italy); Giovanni Losurdo (INFN Florence, Project Leader of Advanced VIRGO)