Seeing with New Eyes: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe with Gravitational Waves
Friday, Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m.
Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001
Presented by Dr. Laura Cadonati, a professor with the School of Physics and the Centre for Relativistic Astrophysics, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gravitational waves are subtle ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by catastrophic astrophysical events. Due to their small amplitude, their detection was thought to be impossible.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed a pulse of gravitational waves produced by the collision of two black holes and then later the collision of two neutron stars.
These discoveries have marked the opening of a new window on the Universe and a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics, where gravitational waves produce new insights into black holes and neutron stars and may even reveal new objects.
Presented by Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography