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21st November 2016 – School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016

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Professor Sheila Rowan, Director of Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.
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Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Chairman of Governing Board of School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS), Prof. Sheila Rowan, Prof. Werner Nahm (Senior Professor and Director of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS).

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DIAS School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016

Gravitational waves: a new astronomy

By Professor Sheila Rowan, Director of Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

Monday 21st November 2016 at 6:30pm

Theatre D (ICON Theatre), UCD Science Hub, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. (map)

 

Admission is free but advance booking is required here on eventbrite.

https://dias.ie/gravitationalwaves

Abstract: In September 2015 the twin ‘Advanced LIGO’ observatories allowed the first direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. The waves detected originated from the collision and merger of two black holes 1.3 billion light years from earth. This detection marked the start of new field of gravitational astrophysics,  in the 100th anniversary year of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.  This talk will discuss the first and second detections, the status of observations since then, plans for the global network of Advanced gravitational wave detectors and what the future of the field might look like.