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A New Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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Date: MONDAY, February 13th, 2017

Speaker:  Evan Goetz, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany

Abstract:

With the first observations of gravitational waves by the Advanced LIGO detectors in September 2015, a new era of gravitational wave astronomy has begun. In this talk, I will discuss the first gravitational wave observations, describe the Advanced LIGO detectors and how they are calibrated, and summarize the analysis that uncovered the binary black hole coalescence. In addition, I will discuss other searches for continuous gravitational waves, a promising probe to study neutron star physics.

Host: Jim Brau

Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: 123 PACIFIC HALL

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