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Physics Research Conference

Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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East Bridge 201 (Richard P. Feynman Lecture Hall)
19th Lauritsen Memorial Lecture: The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics
Vicky Kalogera, Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University,
In the past two years the gravitational-wave detections enabled by the LIGO detectors have launched a new field in observational astronomy allowing us to study compact object mergers involving pairs of black holes and neutron stars. I will discuss what current results reveal about compact object astrophysics, from binary black hole formation and core-collapse of massive stars to short gamma-ray bursts and nuclear matter physics. I will also highlight what we can expect in the near future as detectors sensitivity improves and multi-messenger astronomy further advances. The Lauritsen Memorial Lecture commemorates two former professors of physics at Caltech: Charles C. Lauritsen and Thomas Lauritsen. Together they served the Institute for more than 68 years, and their commitment to excellence played a significant role in Caltech's development and accomplishments.
For more information, please contact Sheri Stoll by phone at 395-6608 or by email at sstoll@caltech.edu or visit http://pmaweb.caltech.edu/~physcoll/PhysColl.html.