After searching for over forty years the Advanced LIGO team announced the first confirmed detection of a gravitational wave event in February this year, using one of the most sophisticated and sensitive instruments ever built. This discovery opens the door to a new kind of astronomy. This talk will explain the background and importance of the current detection and what future detectors in space may tell us about the Cosmos.
Prof. Mike Cruise was educated at UCL and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. He moved to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 1986 and was appointed Professor of Astrophysics and Space research at the University of Birmingham in 1995. Mike chairs international committees in space science and contributes to the UK Space Agency.
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