Einstein’s gravitational waves


Prof. Dr. Y.T. Chen (1997 – 2003)

On February 11, 2016, a group of scientists named LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) announced that they had detected gravitational waves that have been predicted by Einstein 100 years ago. I foresee this discovery will lead to a Nobel prize in 2016! Coincidentally, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) used to have a Gravitational Wave Laboratory as the backbone of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, UTM. On June 14, 1997, UTM has received detector to detect gravitational waves, that is, a 100-m DL laser interferometer (Tenko-100), which was awarded as a grant by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS), Japan.

Einstein Gravitational-Wave Laboratory at UTM


Y.T. Chen, A.D Karsono, R.A. Ghani, N. Ibrahim, A.Z. Idrus, B. Sanugi, B.H. Lim, K.K. Chong, C.S. Lim, A. Nani, N. Kawashima, M. Othman, S.P. Chia, “Upgrade of the 100 M Laser Interferometer TENKO-100 in Malaysia as a Test-Bed for Advanced Technology Development”, Proceedings of the MGIX MM Meeting, The University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, 2 – 8 July 2000. DOI: 10.1142/9789812777386_0409.

N. Kawashima, R. Takahashi, K.K. Chong, B. H. Lim, Y.T. Chen, “Seismic Activity Measurement of 100m Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Antenna Development Site in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”, Journal of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Kinki University, 36 (2000) 27-30.

Y. T. Chen, N. Kawashima, M. Othman, S.P. Chia, M. Karim, B. Sanugi, B. H. Lim, K.K. Chong, “Gravitational Wave Detection in the Laboratory”, Jurnal Fizik Malaysia, 19 (1998) 69-82.