Member of the scientific group that proved the theory of general relativity
An international scientific group, led by Greek John Antoniadis, a student of the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, announced an important and rather unforeseen discovery. Researchers successfully proved Einstein’s theory of general relativity arguing that gravity leads the Universe.
Paper’s lead author John Antoniadis’s scientific group discovered a bizarre pair of stars orbiting around each other every 2,5 hours in a distance double than the Earth-Moon distance, following orbits that match exactly the calculations of the general relativity theory. The discovery refers to a 20 k diameter neutron star system spotted in a distance of 7,000 light-years from Earth.
According to the scientific magazine Nature, John Antoniadis proved that this stellar system and the gravitational field generated by the pulsar transform their surrounding environment and the white dwarf’s orbit according to the theory of general relativity.
John Antoniadis was born in Didimoticho and studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany and his work is focused on the research and study of binary pulsars using optical telescopes and radio telescopes in different areas of the Earth.