The Nobel Prize in Physics, announced last week, was to Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish and Kip S Thorne, "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". Although these three people played a major part in the work, the development LIGO detector has been a huge collaboration, presenting many technological, applied science and engineering challenges.
The purpose of this lecture is to celebrate the recognition of this work by the Nobel committee, and to delve deeper behind the news headlines, and into the development work for the LIGO detector.
The lecture will be given by Alison McMillan, Professor in Aerospace Technology. This is a project in which she has not had a direct involvement, and materials for the talk have been kindly made available by other physicists involved in the project.
The lecture will be preceded by refreshments at 18:30, with the lecture beginning at 19:00. To find Lecture Room B26, pass through the main foyer area towards the reception desk and then take the corridor to the left. B26 is about half way along.