"The Beginnings Of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: R. Weiss, MIT On Behalf Of The LIGO Scientific Collaboration" (speaker: Rainer Weiss, MIT)

Thursday April 5, 2018 4:00 pm

The first detection of gravitational waves was made in September 2015 with the measurement of the coalescence of two ~30 solar mass black holes at a distance of about 1 billion light years from Earth. The talk will provide a review of more recent measurements of black hole events as well as the first detection of the coalescence of two neutron stars and the beginning of multi-messenger astrophysics. The talk will end with a discussion of some prospects for the field.

Host: Peter Fisher

Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Room 10-250
Refreshments @ 3:30 pm in 4-349 (Pappalardo Community Room)

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