Walter Kohn Seminars

WALTER KOHN SEMINAR - PUBLIC TALK

THE WARPED UNIVERSE: THE ONE HUNDRED YEAR QUEST TO DISCOVER EINSTEIN’S GRAVITATIONAL WAVES

Prof.  Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The recent announcements of the first ever detections of gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars have launched a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. I will describe the science, technology, and human story behind these discoveries that provide a completely new window into some of the most violent and warped events in the Universe.

Date: April 4, 2018
Place: Centre culturel, foyer Orford
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WALTER KOHN SEMINAR : TECHNICAL TALK

FIRST RESULTS FROM LIGO: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Prof.  Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves for the first time in 2015. Since then there have been a couple more detections of binary black hole mergers. I will discuss the instruments that made these discoveries, the science so far, and plans for future improvements and upgrades to LIGO.

Date: April 5, 2018
Place: D2-1060
Time: 11 a.m. to noon

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