First Detection of Gravitational Waves

Date and Time


MacN 401



Phil Landry, PhD Candidate


The first direct observation of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein in 1916, was made by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) on September 14, 2015. The detection of the signature of merging black holes 1.3 billion light years away is a ground-breaking achievement that marks the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy. In this special seminar, I will recap the highlights of the discovery and answer questions about the origin, significance, and implications of this detection.

Further Details

The talk is from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Snacks will be provided at 12:00 pm. Make sure to follow the Graduate Seminar Series on Facebook.

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