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Nobel certification of your calibration procedure is not worth the piece of paper it is written on. DANZMANN: You are entitled to your views. VERITAS: Your Honor, I have no further questions. JUDGE: Any redirect, Mr. Moscato? MOSCATO: Yes, Your Honor. Professor Danzmann, is it correct that you are a highly decorated scientist, adorned with such distinctions as the Korber Foundation Prize and the Lower Saxony Prize? DANZMANN: I was given those prizes. MOSCATO: No further questions, You Honor. JUDGE: The witness is excused. This entry was posted on October 15, 2017 at 11:49 am 70

LIGO COURTROOM DRAMA: Trial Part 11 TRIAL PART 11 ON THE WITNESS STAND: Professor Rana X. Adhikari (for the Defendants) VINO MOSCATO (Attorney for the Defendants): Good Morning, Professor Adhikari. It is indeed a pleasure to have the symbolic face of LIGO’s cadre of young geniuses to testify in this court. I am sure the jury would love to hear from you on the noble path of knowledge of the Universe LIGO has embarked upon. Would you tell us a little about yourself? RANA X. ADHIKARI: I am a professor of physics at Caltech and a LIGO researcher. MOSCATO: And a very young professor at that! Let me add for the jury that Professor Adhikari is one of the famed young bucks of the LIGO Science Collaboration, representing the new hope for physics in this millennium. He also happens to come from a Nobel pedigree – he was a doctoral student of LIGO Nobel Laureate Rainer Weiss. He is the instrument genius student of his instrument genius guru. His scientific authority in matters LIGO is unassailable. Now, Professor Adhikari, tell us briefly your position on the veracity of the LIGO discovery of neutron star merger just reported. ADHIKARI: It is a most perfect scientific discovery with copious confirmations. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind. MOSCATO: Thank you for enlightening the jury with that comment. Do you, with your full scientific authority, reject the Plaintiffs’ claim that the LIGO discoveries are fraudulent? ADHIKARI: I do. MOSCATO: And Professor Adhikari, you have been particularly involved in educating the masses on the beauty of the LIGO instrument, with your personal ‘like hey’ flair. You have explained how LIGO indeed can measure incredibly small movements, movements to a scale far smaller than the molecular-scale surface roughness of a mirror and the thermal vibrations of molecules. Some have tried to use this point to cast doubt on LIGO. What would you say to the public on this subject? ADHIKARI: We are very careful scientists, and we know how to do our job. MOSCATO: Excellent. I think that puts paid to all the criticisms from all the amateurs who are gunning for LIGO in the shady world of the Internet. I am sure the world citizenry will have the right instinct to believe you before they will believe those characters. Thank you, Professor Adhikari. Your witness, Ms. Veritas ASSUMPTA VERITAS (Attorney for the Plaintiffs): Professor Adhikari, counsel for the defendants has certainly given us compelling grounds to submit to your authority on LIGO. Let me just cover a couple 71

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