Telescope for Observing Primordial Gravitational Waves Revealed

Science Society Technology

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref., Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, or KEK, Kyoto University and other institutes have shown to the media a telescope called GroundBIRD with which they aims to observe primordial gravitational waves that are believed to have been emitted right after the birth of the universe.

The telescope was unveiled at KEK's facility in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan.

The interior of the telescope can be cooled to near absolute zero, or minus 273.15 degrees Celsius, for reducing interference.

Its sensor, measuring about 1.4 meters in diameter, rotates once in every three seconds, enabling the observation of areas 20 times broader than those covered by conventional telescopes of this kind and reducing impacts from atmospheric seeing, according to the institutes.

A widely accepted theory regarding the origin of the universe is the inflation theory, which claims the universe expanded rapidly right before the Big Bang.

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