Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe
Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics; Assoc. Dept. Head of Physics
Tuesday, December 04, 2018|
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Stamps Auditorium in the Walgreen Charles R. J. Drama Center (1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI)
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|The M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship in Optical Sciences and Optoelectronics brings the world’s top researchers in the field of optics and optoelectronics to Michigan. The Lectureship was established by Anita Gilleo (BS Lit ‘44) in honor of her brother, Mathias Alten Gilleo (BSE EE ‘44). Alten Gilleo made significant contributions to optics and solid state physics throughout his career, and worked in some of the most advanced research labs of his time.|
About the Event
Recent announcements of the first ever detections of gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars have launched a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. I will describe the science, technology, and human story behind these discoveries that provide a completely new window into some of the most violent and warped events in the Universe.
Nergis Mavalvala is the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Associate Head of the Department of Physics.
Open to: Public