Physics Colloquium: Testing General Relativity in the Strong-Field Dynamical Regime

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Clifford M. Will
  • Date:
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: MacN 113

General relativity has been well-tested in the weak-field slow-motion regime of the solar system. In binary pulsar systems, some tests of strong-field aspects of the theory have been carried out. In the future, testing GR in the strong-field, highly dynamical regime will be an important theme in experimental relativity. We describe a number of possible tests that could be carried out, including tests using astrophysical phenomena around black holes, tests using gravitational waves, and tests of black hole no-hair theorems using high-precision observations of stars orbiting our galactic center black hole.