College of Science

Seminar: Jess Mclver [Caltech]

Making history: the science behind the LIGO-Virgo gravitational wave discoveries

May 10, 2018 11:00 AM to May 10, 2018 12:00 PM at 8-241

Large-scale interferometric detectors including LIGO and Virgo sense gravitational waves; minuscule fluctuations in space-time from the most extreme phenomena in the Universe. I will present an overview of the gravitational wave events discovered to date, as well as the major instrumentation and data analysis challenges in measuring gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars.