That Moment When the “Father of Inflation” Learns of the Detection of Gravitational Waves

by Nancy Atkinson on March 17, 2014

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Andrei Linde, a professor in the Department of Physics at Stanford University, is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, that the universe underwent a brief but remarkably accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang.

Today, scientists announced that they’ve found direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves, which would provide a “smoking gun” for inflation, and also tell us when inflation took place and how powerful the process was.

Above is a scientifically heartwarming video of Linde being told of the gravitational wave discovery by Chao-Lin Kuo, also from Stanford University, the designer of the BICEP2 detector that made the discovery.

Read our full article about the discovery here.

Polarization patterns imprinted in the CMB. Image Credit: CfA

Polarization patterns imprinted in the CMB. Image Credit: CfA

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Manu March 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

So cool! Thanks for sharing! =)

Jeffrey Boerst March 18, 2014 at 3:59 AM

…and the ghost of Einstein drops his mic.

RUF March 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Love the part where his knees went wobbly on him!
It took three times for the news to sink in.

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