LIGO Scientific Collaboration falling apart?

There is a report out saying there is “a lot of friction” within NSF-LIGO. People are fighting and leaving over credit for some wild future discovery, with a facility that has no function other than a NSF Stainless Steel Salvage Yard. In the following, Professor Weiss is LIGO Nobelist Rainer Weiss. Excerpt:

But one subgroup within Ligo which had spent eight years attempting to detect what is called a “continuous wave” from a pulsar was unhappy, because they wanted to be listed as special authors if and when such a signal was detected and reported, he explained.

“That’s caused a lot of friction. And has even caused people in the collaboration to leave the collaboration, because we can’t guarantee that we will change the rules [to allow special recognition],” Professor Weiss told the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, an annual conference bringing together laureates and young scientists.

“We never even had these issues until we finally made a discovery. Then everybody began to think: oh my god, how do I get recognised?,” he added.

Speaking to Times Higher Education, Professor Weiss declined to go into further details about who had left.

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