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Subject: The Detection of Gravitational Waves and Observation of Black Holes in the Vacuum of Deep Space
Speaker:    Vernon Sandberg
California Institute of Technology
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: CEBAF Center Auditorium
Abstract: In the early hours of September 14, 2015, our understanding of dynamical gravity changed from theoretical to experimentally confirmed. A boundary in the way we perceived the Universe was crossed and a new way of observing the universe became available. General Relativity expanded from the province of theory to the realm of experiment. In this colloquium I will discuss the LIGO project, the physics behind its interferometers, and the first direct detection of gravitational-wave events.


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