‘Great Discovery’ Of Cosmic Inflation Lends Credence To Big Bang Theory
Remember all that talk about the expected announcement of a ‘great discovery’ at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics? This is it. For those who only play by the science book rules, solid proof of cosmic inflation has been recorded. It seems like we are finally headed to a point where people will understand and mutually agree on the origins of this universe. Phew!
Scientists confirm that tremors caused by strong waves of gravity throughout space nearly 14 billion years ago preceded what we came to know as Big Bang. This announcement on Monday confirmed Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
Scientists used a telescope named BICEP2 at the South Pole to find the evidence of Big Bang. The telescope targeted the Southern Hole where very less amounts of dust could block the vision. BICEP2 was able to detect tiny fluctuations in the light waves that were believed to be left from the Big Bang. 1016 gigaelectronvolts provided enough strength for the telescope to detect this glow left by gravitational waves that lasted many centuries after the Big Bang.
John Kovac, head researcher explained this in detail during his interview with Nature: “The CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) is a snapshot of the universe 380,000 years after the big bang, the radiation when streamed first freely into space but the gravitational-wave signal was imprinted on the CMB a tiny fraction of a second after the birth of the universe.”
Researchers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center were not the only ones that contributed to this success story; many from Stanford University, University of Minnesota, California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory played a crucial part. Let’s leave you with the reaction of Stanford University Professor Andre Dmitriyevich Linde when assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kou came in with the great news linked with his theoretical work.