The Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to three key figures in the history of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)–Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA. The award citation recognized the trio "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."
Optica Publishing Group congratulates all three recipients and further salutes the numerous scientists, engineers, and funders who contributed to this technological achievement over more than four decades. In addition, we are proud of the fact that the observation of gravitational waves rested on an infrastructure of incredibly precise, cutting-edge optical and photonic technology.
In honor of this year's Nobel Prize and LIGO recognition, Optica Publishing Group has put together a collection of LIGO-related content from Optica Publishing Group's portfolio below. The following articles will be free to download until 4 January 2018.