Tuesday, February 10, 2015
4:00 pm
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium – Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Gravitational-Wave Research Seminar

Gravitational Astronomy - Prospects and Challenges a Century after Einstein
B Sathyaprakash (Sathya), School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Universtiy

Discovery of pulsars opened a new era for testing strong gravity and heralded the field of Gravitational Astronomy. The field will get a makeover when advanced gravitational wave detectors begin to operate later this year, coinciding with the centenary celebrations of General Theory of Relativity.  In this talk I will discuss opportunities provided by gravitational wave observations in probing fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmology and the challenges that must be overcome in achieving those goals. In particular, I will focus on four topical areas of research: (1) EM follow-up of binary mergers before coalescence, (2) measuring the equation-of-state of neutron stars, (3) testing general relativity and its alternatives and (4) probing the geometry and dynamics of the Universe on very large scales.

Contact Jonah Kanner jkanner@caltech.edu
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