Big Bang: Indian Physicist Abhas Mitra Feels Vindicated
Abhas Mitra, an Indian astrophysicist, who rejected the findings by a team of US-led astronomers that there were immediate gravitational waves following the heated explosion of the
The astronomers working with BICEP-2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) radio telescope at the
Mitra was alone in his rejection of the finding for which the world was predicting a Nobel prize. The astrophysicist filed a mathematical proof in a peer review paper in which he stated that the universe can expand only with a uniform speed and model that does not allow for cyclic cosmologies. The BICEP-2 findings were incorrect as he published his proof in the ‘ New Astronomy’ international journal.
Last week Paul Steinhardt, respected theoretical
The first flaw is in the BICEP2 team’s identification of a twisty (B-mode) pattern in its maps of polarization of the cosmic microwave background. The team’s conclusion from their telescope at the South Pole stated that this was a detection of primordial gravitational waves.
Steinhardt followed Mitra and pointed out that there are other twists produced within our Galaxy. This is due to light scattering from dust and the synchrotron radiation generated by electrons moving around galactic magnetic fields that have been found in our Galaxy.
It is not the first time that Mitra has challenged theories of mainstream cosmologists and succeeded. Earlier, a research conducted by him had claimed that the so-called Black Holes proposed by the famed British physicist