New LIGO Documentary Videos Released
News Release • October 15, 2019
The producer of the Advanced LIGO Documentary Project, Les Guthman, has released two new videos as part of his multi-part series, "A Discovery that Shook the World".
In Episode 4, "INVENTING LIGO", Nobel Prize Winners, Kip Thorne, Rai Weiss, and Barry Barish sketch the LIGO story from the 1960s through Initial LIGO. Fred Raab, LIGO Associate Director for Operations, shows off Joe Weber's resonant bar on display at LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO). Also, Raab, Rich Isaacson (retired Program Director of Gravitational Physics at the NSF), and Stan Whitcomb (retired LIGO chief scientist) talk about LIGO's formative funding years.
In Episode 5, "ADVANCED LIGO", LHO head, Mike Landry talks about the transition from Initial LIGO to Advanced LIGO, while Barry Barish describes the three major foci of that project: Increasing laser power, seismic isolation, and the multi-stage mirror suspensions, all of which led to LIGO's historic detection of gravitational waves in 2015.
All of Guthman's videos are available in our Videos page under the "Gallery" tab.