Iranian Physicists Win 2019 Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 15:41

Two Iranian physicists, Niayesh Afshordi and Jahed Abedi, have earned the 2019 Buchalter Cosmology Prize.

According to an ISCA report, Jahed Abedi, PhD graduate of Sharif University of Technology and Niayesh Afshordi, astrophysicist and an Associate Professor in the Astrophysics and Gravitation group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, earned the 2019 Buchalter Cosmology Prize

The prize recognizes “ground-breaking theoretical, observational, or experimental work in cosmology that has the potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding.”

Based on the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics official website, Jahed Abedi and Niayesh Afshordi were announced as a recipient of the award for their paper “Echoes from the Abyss,” which examines a black hole created by the merger of two neutron stars.

Afshordi and his co-author Jahed Abedi (Albert Einstein Institute) found the first statistically significant detection of echoes in gravitational wave data by LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). The data were obtained one second after LIGO’s first detected merger of two neutron stars on August 17, 2017.

“If correct, this would radically alter the classical picture of black holes and will be the first direct signature of quantum effects in gravity,” said Afshordi.

Winning the Buchalter Prize is an honour that Afshordi hopes will be a catalyst for their work to “receive the critical scrutiny that it deserves from the community.”

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