Two Gravitational Wave Detections
LSU researchers and graduate students working with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, detectors, made the first and second detections of gravitational waves. These detections confirm a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and open an unprecedented new window into the cosmos. LSU’s investment in gravitational-wave detection spans more than four decades, and is among the longest of the institutions contributing to the present discovery.
In May 2016, thirteen physicists and graduate students from LSU, who conduct research where the detections were made at LIGO, in Livingston, La., were among the recipients of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
International Space Station Research
LSU researchers are working with collaborators at over 30 institutions in Japan, Italy,
and the US to analyze data of the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) now stationed
at the International Space Station.
Transforming the Cooling Industry
LSU Professor of Physics Shane Stadler is using a magnetocaloric material to change refrigeration & cooling industry. His
invention eliminates the use of harmful fluorocarbons and reduces energy usage by
20-50% in both residential and commercial heating and cooling systems.
LSU Professor of Physics Thomas Kutter was part of the Nobel Prize-winning team recognized for their discovery of neutrino
oscillations. Kutter was a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, or SNO Collaboration,
which made the key measurements by observing neutrinos from the sun.
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