First glimpse of big bang ripples from universe's birth - physics-math - 17 March 2014 - New Scientist: Inflation should have stretched the very first gravitational waves created during the big bang, taking them from imperceptible wavelengths to a size we can detect in the CMB... Rippling gravitational waves would subtly change the polarisation pattern, twisting the CMB into distinctive swirls called B-modes...
"We see a big excess of power, and it looks exactly like the gravitational wave signal that we had been seeking," says Pryke. "There's a huge zoo of inflationary models, but if we look at the simplest ones, they would predict values in the ballpark that we're seeing..."
"If gravity were not quantised, inflation would not produce gravitational waves," says Guth.
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