Detecting gravitational waves

On September 14, 2015, scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration observed the collision and fusion of two black holes by directly measuring the gravitational waves emitted during their collision using LIGO detectors.  The detection came 100 years after Einstein developed his revolutionary general theory of relativity that predicted gravitational waves, and 50 years after scientists began searching for them.

This discovery has truly profound implications, and opens a new window on the cosmos. Gravitational waves provide unique information on the most energetic astrophysical events, revealing unique insights into the nature of gravity, matter, space, and time.

Join us for the final BrisScience of the year, as Professor David Reitze discusses how he and his team made the detection and how gravitational astronomy promises to change our understanding of universe.

When Tuesday, 6 December
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6:00pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat.

Meet the presenter:

reitze2Professor David Reitze holds joint positions as the Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and a Professor of Physics at the University of Florida.

He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that was awarded a 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize.

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