Sackler Lecture: ‘Einstein’s Waves: New Cosmic Sounds’
Sackler Speaker: Vicky Kalogera (Northwestern University)
Abstract: One century following Einstein’s prediction of spacetime disturbances and gravitational waves, the laser-enabled special detectors LIGO achieved the most accurate measurement ever made by humans across science and engineering and revealed to us the gravitational-wave signals produced by the most powerful collisions of black holes in the universe. These revolutionary discoveries have given birth to a brand new field of astronomy, a completely new way of sensing the cosmos and exploring its darkest corners. I will review the first direct detections of gravitational waves and what they can teach us about the nature of black holes and other exotic cosmic events.
Wednesday May 24th, 2017
Location: Koffler House, Room 108, 569 Spadina Avenue
Prof. Kalogera will also give a technical talk entitled “The Promise and Challenges of Gravitational Wave Astronomy”