IPNP colloquium: the first detection of gravitational waves

General interest seminar

IPNP colloquium: the first detection of gravitational waves

Event details

Please join us for this exciting colloquium on the detection of gravitational waves. Drinks will be available from 5pm with the event starting at 5.30pm.

Abstract:
The LIGO experiment has recently reported the first direct observation of gravitational waves, in a spectacular event where two black holes of 36 and 29 solar masses coalesce, liberating in a few milliseconds in gravitational waves the energy corresponding to about 3 solar masses. We will discuss, in a colloquium style, the significance of this result and the history of the experimental and theoretical breakthroughs that have made it possible.

Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend..

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