Gravitational waves – ripples in spacetime – were predicted back in 1918, as a mere side-effect of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Despite massive efforts within the scientific community they remained just a theory for almost 100 years. Finally, on September 14th, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected the first gravitational wave. Scientists were thrilled to find that it originated from a merger of two previously unknown black holes. Since then, many more gravitational waves have been detected. We observed new black holes and witnessed the collision of two neutron stars. Telescopes are now able to capture the shadow of black holes while the ever growing network of gravitational wave observatories routinely detects new signals from black holes.
The gravitational wave astronomical revolution has truly begun! But what does the future hold? What are the unique benefits of gravitational wave astronomy? And why are we building ever larger observatories on ground and in space? Join Dr. David Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory, on a fascinating ride into the future of gravitational wave astronomy to find out the answers to these questions, and many more.
The talk is intended for a general audience. Everyone is welcome and there will be time for some short questions after the talk. Space is limited and assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
6 – 7 pm Eastern Time
UF Physics Building, Room 1001 (2001 Museum Road, Gainesville FL)
Phone: +1 352 392 1444