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Cal Poly Pomona

Physics and Astronomy Seminar

Thursday, November 1st

Gravitational-Wave Astronomy with LIGO

Josh Smith

Department of Physics, CSU Fullerton

The vast majority of our astronomical knowledge comes from light. Gravitational waves present a new and fundamentally different spectrum in which to view the universe. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its international partners seek to directly observe gravitational waves from astronomical systems such as compact binary systems of neutron stars and black holes, supernovae, and the Big Bang. The LIGO detectors have completed six science runs and are currently in the midst of a major upgrade called Advanced LIGO. I will describe the LIGO instruments, present results from the latest searches for gravitational waves, and describe the prospects for detection and the future arc of the field.

 

Refreshments at 10:50 AM. Seminar begins at 11:00 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
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