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Nergis Mavalvala is an important figure in STEM and is known for her work observing Gravitational Waves. Malvavala has received numerous awards and is a professor at MIT.

From MIT:

Professor Mavalvala’s research focuses on interferometric Gravitational Waves and Quantum Measurement. The major U.S. effort in this field is LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), scheduled to come on the air in 2002. The gravitational waves that LIGO and its international counterparts expect to detect are ripples in the spacetime fabric caused by the motion of compact, massive astrophysical objects. Since the nature of gravitation is inherently different from electromagnetism, gravitational wave astrophysics has the potential of providing a radically different view of the universe, including direct observation of massive dark matter, large-scale nuclear matter and a test of strong-field gravitation.

Read more and watch her explain the work on YouTube below:



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