New Astronomical Observations: Joseph Weber’s Contribution to Gravitational Waves and Neutrinos Detection

  • Stefano Gottardo European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy

Abstract

Joseph Weber, form Maryland University, was a pioneer in the experimental research of gravitational waves and neutrinos. Today these two techniques are very promising for astronomical observation, since will allow to observe astrophysical phenomena under a new light. We review here almost 30 years of Weber’s career spent on gravity waves and neutrinos; Weber’s experimental results were strongly criticized by the international community, but his research, despite critics, boosted the brand new (in mid-sixties of last century) research field of gravity waves to become one of the most important in XXI century. On neutrino side, he found an unorthodox way to reduce the size of detectors typically huge and he claimed to observe neutrinos flux with a small pure crystal of sapphire.

Author Biography

Stefano Gottardo, European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy

Stefano Gottardo received his PhD in Material Science in 2004 from the University of Florence. He has been working for four years as a post-doc at LENS (European Laboratory for non-Linear Spectroscopy, Florence, Italy) mainly on light-matter interaction in complex media. He is currently employed as metrologist in a private company. His current interests include cosmology and universe structure formation.

Published
2017-03-02
How to Cite
GOTTARDO, Stefano. New Astronomical Observations: Joseph Weber’s Contribution to Gravitational Waves and Neutrinos Detection. Substantia, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 61-67, mar. 2017. ISSN 2532-3997. Available at: <http://riviste.fupress.net/index.php/subs/article/view/13>. Date accessed: 25 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-13.
Section
Historical Articles