Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Departmental Colloquium - Gravitational Waves: Detectors, Detections and the Future

Prof. Barry Barish
Emeritus Professor (Caltech)
Co-winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics with the LIGO Collaboration

Date: Tuesday March 6th, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Stirling AUD

Abstract:

This observation of gravitational waves came after more than fifty years of experimental efforts to develop sensitive enough detectors to finally observe the tiny distortions in spacetime from gravitational waves.  The experimental principles, techniques and performance of LIGO will be presented, as well as a review of the observations of compact binary mergers to date.  The plans and prospects for gravitational wave science in the future will also be explored.