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Thursday, September 15th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: First Direct Detections of Gravitational Waves
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.

During their first observation run the Advanced LIGO gravitational-wave detectors recorded signatures of mergers of binary black hole systems. These events mark the beginning of gravitational-wave astrophysics, enabling a new approach to studying various astrophysical phenomena. I will describe the LIGO detectors and the events they recorded, and I will discuss the implications of these observations as well as our expectations for future observations.

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