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Bernard Schutz talk Maynooth

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19:30 – 20:30 13 Nov 2013
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John Hume Building
North Campus
NUI Maynooth
Maynooth
Co. Kildare

The multimedia show "Gravitational Waves: Listening to the True Music of the Spheres" is a lecture supported by a film, with some demonstrations involving audience participation. The purpose of the lecture is to explain how different the information carried by gravitational waves is from that which we get from normal astronomical observing in visible light, radio waves, gamma rays, and so on. The film runs continuously through the lecture and Bernard Schutz narrates it.

The lecture moves away from the traditional format for scientific lectures to the general public. Instead of a series of slides, possibly with film clips, the film explains the science using sounds and moving images rather than text. The film contains many simulations of expected gravitational wave "sounds" converted into real audio sounds. It also contains a number of original animations, three narrated sequences, and an original soundtrack.

Bernard F. Schutz is an American physicist. His research is on Einstein's theory of general relativity, more concretely on the physics of gravitational waves. He is one of the directors and head of the astrophysics group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. He is principal investigator in charge of data analysis for the GEO600 collaboration (which, in turn, is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the largest concerted effort to directly detect gravitational waves).

Schutz is also a member of the science team coordinating the planning and development for the space-borne gravitational wave detector LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), and he was instrumental in the foundation of the electronic, open access review journal Living Reviews in Relativity.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Co-sponsored by: NUI Maynooth
Organised by: IOP Ireland
Contact details: Dr Peter van der Burgt
Peter.vanderBurgt@nuim.ie

http://www.aei.mpg.de/~schutz/outreach/MusicOfTheSpheres.html


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