Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Julien Sylvestre
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Thursday, September 11, 2003
2:30 PM @ Stirling B

Abstract:

I will review the physics and the technology behind the observation of gravitational radiation using ground-based antennae (such as the LIGO interferometers) and space-based detectors (such as LISA). I will then discuss the radically new knowledge that gravitational wave observations are expected to generate for various astronomical systems. I will focus on the challenging data analysis tasks involved in the detection of the weak signals emitted by these systems, and will illustrate my presentation with results from the first LIGO Science Run.

Dr. Sylvestre is a candidate for the Astrophysics position in the Physics department.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.