“If the detection is true, it would be transformative for the field and probably one of the greatest discoveries in astronomy,” said Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who refused to discuss any specific results.
In recent years, many astrophysicists have become convinced that rare mergers of binary neutron stars offer a solution to multiple open problems in astronomy.
The collisions could be the source of mysterious and brief flashes of gamma rays from the distant universe, or the dominant forges of some of the universe’s heavy “r-process” elements, such as uranium, platinum and gold.
“If you get all these different pieces then you can put together the full story,” said Duncan Brown, a physics professor at Syracuse University and a member of the LIGO collaboration, who also declined to comment on any new discoveries.
With the combination of Gravitational Waves and detailed spectra, “we would be able to see the formation of r-process material in real time, calculate the total amount of mass produced in the event, and give a relatively precise estimate of the merger rate,” Ramirez-Ruiz said.
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