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Physics Colloquium: Gravitational Waves: Detectors, Detections and the Future

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stirling Hall
Room: Auditorium
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Co-winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics Prof. Barry Barish (Caltech/LIGO) will be speaking about the new age of gravitational wave astronomy as part of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy's departmental colloquia series.

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.

This talk is geared towards science undergraduates, graduates, research staff and faculty, but all are welcome. This event is FREE, and no registration is required.

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