Colloquium:Whistles & Thumps: Listening to the Transient Gravitational Wave Universe - Bernard Schutz - Max Planck
By 2016 there is a good chance that the Advanced LIGO and VIRGO gravitational wave (GW) detectors, now in their final hardware upgrade phase, will have made the first direct detection of GWs, and regular detections will follow soon afterwards. These first events are likely to result from merging neutron stars, merging black holes, and possibly collapsing stars and exotica like cosmic strings. They may be associated with gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, or nothing observable electromagnetically at all. LIGO and VIRGO are like cosmic microphones, monitoring the universe for waves of gravity, and I will convert the expected GW signals into sounds and play them. I will describe the prospects for GW astronomy in the near future and after further detectors in Japan and India join the worldwide network later this decade.
Location: Jadwin A10
Date/Time: 05/03/12 at 4:30 pm - 05/03/12 at 6:00 pm
Category: Physics Colloquium