HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Matt Evans (’96)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gravitational Wave Detection With Advanced LIGO

April 26, 2016

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) recently made the first direct detection of gravitational waves; minute distortions in space-time caused by cataclysmic events far away in the universe.  I will talk about the source of the signal we detected, the physics behind the detectors, and prospects for the future of this emerging field.