RECENTLY, I filmed material for an EPILOGUE including:
- A scene of Rai Weiss unwrapping the prototype gravity wave antenna, the same antenna I filmed in 1985.
- At MIT, a reunion of Rai, Lyman, Andy, and Dan.
- Lyman, Andy and Dan in their respective homes and work spaces.
Their 30 year journeys are REMARKABLE as it turns out; each tale enough for an entirely new film.
LYMAN works on Cosmic Background Radiation
and WMAP. He is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Physics Department at Princeton University. in 2018 Lyman shared the 3 million dollar Breakthrough Prize in Physics.
ANDY survived 3 life-threatening illnesses, left physics, joined Wall Street, made millions. Today he is a private investor and philanthropist in Toronto.
JEFF is the supervising research associate for LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His goal is to build satellite antennae, millions of kilometers apart.
DAN worked on the Chandra Project for awhile after MIT. Today, a practicing Buddhist
in Chicago, he tutors high school math students.
And RAI continues to mentor students, deals with the Press over his Nobel Prize, and stews about the future of science in our country.
(Meanwhile, I learned that the proper term is 'Gravitational Wave,' not 'Gravity Wave.' I've been saying it wrong for thirty years.)
STILL TO COME
In 2021, I will film the 4K Antennae in Hanford, WA and Livingston LA, with PhD Candidate MAGGIE TSE explaining what technical shifts took place from the 2.5 meter prototype antenna of 1985 to the 4 kilometer antennae of today. (She'll fly a drone for this.)
I will also film three important scientists who emerged during that 35 year interim:
NERGIS MAVALVALA Dean of MIT's School of Science. Discoverer of Quantum Squeezing.
VICKY KALOGERA Distinguished University Professor, Northwestern University. Focuses on Gravitational Wave Sources
GABRIELA GONZÁLEZ Professor of Physics, Louisiana State University. Co-Founded the Working Groups on Data Analysis and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.