Solving the riddle of neutron stars

10 marzo 2015

It has not yet been possible to measure the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. They are so weak that they get lost in the noise of the measurements. But thanks to the latest simulations of the merging of binary neutron star systems, the structure of the sought-after signals is now known. As theoretical astrophysicists report, gravitational waves have a characteristic spectrum that is similar to the spectral lines of atoms.