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Detecting Gravitational Waves From Binary Black Hole Mergers for the First Time Ever With LIGO

January 30, 2017 - 11:00am
David Reitze
LIGO, CalTech

The first direct detections of gravitational waves in late 2015 were made possible by a forty year experimental campaign to design, build, and operate LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.  In this talk, I’ll cover gravitational waves and what makes them so difficult to detect and at the same time such powerful and unique probes of the universe.  Most of the presentation will focus on the interferometers, the LIGO detections and their astrophysical implications.   Finally, I’ll give a preview of where LIGO intends to go in the next decade and beyond, emphasizing the interface between quantum science and gravitational-wave detectors.

Hosted by Mohammad Hafezi and Charles Clark.

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