Simulation of gravitational waves
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Quest to detect space-time 'ripples'

Europe is about to launch the Lisa Pathfinder satellite, an exquisite space physics experiment.

It will test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves - the warping of space-time produced by cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

Prof Mike Cruise from Birmingham University, UK, told our correspondent Jonathan Amos why the waves were so interesting.

  • 02 Dec 2015