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Advanced LIGO and the search for Gravitational Waves

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17:00 – 17:00 16 Feb 2016
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Lecture Theatre 4, Diamond Building, Leavygreave Road, University of Sheffield, S3 7RD

Speakers: Dr Ed Daw, University of Sheffield

Exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted that waves in the fabric of spacetime propagate across the Universe at the speed of light. The LIGO experiment uses the worlds largest and most sensitive laser interferometers to attempt direct detection of these oscillations, which have tiny amplitudes, less than 1/1000 the diameter of a proton!

The latest iteration of this experiment, in which my group at Sheffield are collaborators, turned on in September last year, and analysis of the resulting data is in progress. In this colloquium, I will describe the experiment give a progress report on the analysis of the new data, and also discuss the future of the field, which holds the promise of opening up an entirely new window on the physical Universe.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Yorkshire Branch
Contact details: John Williams (j.williams@sheffield.ac.uk)

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