LIGO, Gravitational Waves and the New Astronomy
On September 14, 2015, gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes rippled through the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The measurement of these ripples would ultimately lead to the first direct detection of gravitational waves, the first observation of a binary black hole, and the birth of an entirely new field of astronomy. In this talk, I trace the history of gravitational waves from Einstein to the LIGO detection. I'll describe how LIGO works and how we are using it to learn about black holes and other interesting objects. I'll discuss the future of gravitational-wave astronomy in Australia and around the world.
Black hole coalescence
Presenter: Dr Eric Thrane, Monash University
Date: Friday 16 December 2016
Dr Eric Thrane
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