Talk & Tour: An Explanation of the Science Behind LIGO (Drs. Evan Hall and Lee McCuller, MKI/LIGO)
Dr. Evan Hall
How can we build a machine that can detect dead stars colliding with each other a billion light-years away? Come hear about the physics that goes into building the LIGO gravitational wave observatories, and the astrophysics behind recent detections. Black holes, neutron stars, high-power lasers, and quantum optics!
MIT LIGO Lab tour:
Dr. Lee McCuller
Following the talk will be a tour of the MIT LIGO lab. Come see how the quantum optics research here at MIT will improve detections of binary neutron stars and black holes in LIGO to be more often and more informative.