MIT Technology Review @techreview A media company making technology a greater force for good. Get our journalism: Oct. 21, 2019 1 min read

Ever since the historic first detection of gravitational waves four years ago, scientists have been trying to unpick exactly what such observations can tell us about the universe…

A new instrument could unlock those secrets. 👇

The instrument is part of a new experiment taking shape deep in a 100-meter (320-foot) vertical shaft at @Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. (That's scientist Rob Plunkett next to the shaft)

This is MAGIS-100, a project designed to see whether shooting frozen atoms with lasers can be used to observe ultra-sensitive signals that might be stretching through spacetime. 

If successful, it could help usher in a new era of “atom interferometry” that could reveal some of the secrets of gravitational waves, dark matter, quantum mechanics, and other heady topics. 

To learn more, read @n_vpatel’s feature on the instrument. 

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