Physics Colloquium - The Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640

Speaker:

Barry Barish

Linde Professor of Physics, Caltech

 

Abstract:

Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves one hundred years ago. They have been recently observed from a pair of merging Black Holes in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO). The physics of gravitational waves, the precision detection techniques, the observation and its implications will all be discussed.