Pictures by: Sean Richardson
In Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity, he
predicted that the collision of two black holes would
create gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of
spacetime. It was in 2015 that these waves were first
recorded by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors located in Baton
Rouge’s own backyard. Gabriela González, LSU
physics professor and LIGO Scientific Collaboration
spokesperson, played an integral role in helping prove gravitational waves.
González serves as the scientific leader of the LIGO scientific collaboration, which means she is charged with coordinating the collaboration’s working groups and which topics each group will research. González is
also a professor at LSU - in fact, she was the first woman physics faculty member at the university.
Check out more about Dr. Gabriela González’s research in her 2017 TEDxLSU talk below.