The excitement centres on a longstanding experiment known as the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) which uses detectors in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana to look for ripples in the fabric of space-time.
According to the rumours, scientists on the team are in the process of writing up a paper that describes a gravitational wave signal.
If such a signal exists and is verified, it would confirm one of the most dramatic predictions of Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of general relativity.
Krauss said he was 60% confident that the rumour was true, but said he would have to see the scientists’ data before drawing any conclusions about whether the signal was genuine or not.
Researchers on a large collaboration like Ligo will have any such paper internally vetted before sending it for publication and calling a press conference.
In 2014, researchers on another US experiment, called BICEP2, called a press conference to announce the discovery of gravitational waves, but others have since pointed out that the signal could be due entirely to space dust.
Speaking about the LIGO team, Krauss said:
“They will be extremely cautious. There’s no reason for them to make a claim they are not certain of.”