The First Four Months of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Speaker: Ben Farr, University of Chicago
On September 14, 2015 LIGO made the first direct detection of gravitational waves, marking the true beginning of gravitational wave astronomy. I will present the methods behind the detection and characterization of LIGO’s binary black hole mergers, and what they have taught us about compact binaries thus far. I will focus in particular on the important astrophysical ramifications of these initial detections, and what we can be expected to learn in the near future from gravitational-wave astronomy.
Host: Jim Brau
Location: 100 Willamette Hall