Keynote Lecture: Prof. David Reitze

    Date: 
    Friday, January 6, 2017 - 8:30am
    Location: 
    ILC 130
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    Description: 

    The Final Ballet of Binary Black Holes: LIGO and the Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

    Abstract(s): 

    In late 2015, scientists observed the collision and fusion of two black holes by directly measuring the gravitational waves emitted during their collision.  This detection, from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, comes 100 years after Einstein developed his revolutionary General Theory of Relativity that predicted the existence of gravitational waves, and 50 years after scientists began searching for them.

     

    Presented as part of The College of Optical Sciences, 2017 Winter School & Workshop