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The First Four Months of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Speaker:  Ben Farr, University of Chicago

Abstract:

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

Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location:  100 Willamette Hall

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