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June 29, 2016,
4:15pm to 5:30pm
Colloquia

MBG Auditorium, PPPL (284 cap.)

COLLOQUIUM: The Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

Dr. Duncan Brown
Syracuse University

On September 14, 2015 the the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) simultaneously observed gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. The gravitational waves observed match the waveform predicted by general relativity for the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes and the ringdown of the resulting single black hole. This is the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger. I will discuss the discovery of this event, the properties of the source, and the future of the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2016-2017 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Soha Aslam, saslam@pppl.gov
Ilya Dodin, idodin@pppl.gov
Dave Johnson, djohnson@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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