Free IOP talk at the University of Leeds by Professor Martin Hendry MBE FRSE FInstP FRAS
The first ever direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo Scientific Collaborations, from the collision of two massive black holes more than a billion light years away, has been widely hailed as the biggest scientific breakthrough of the decade, and led to the award of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics to three senior LIGO scientists and pioneers: Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish.
August 2017 then saw another spectacular discovery – as for the first time gravitational waves and light were detected from the same cosmic source: a pair of colliding neutron stars 130 million light years distant.
Join LIGO scientist Professor Martin Hendry as he explores the amazing technology behind the detection of gravitational waves, the exciting discoveries made to date – and those anticipated, as even more sensitive detectors are developed - and what these discoveries can tell us about some of the biggest unsolved mysteries in physics and astronomy.
Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow, where he is currently Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. He is a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, for which he chairs the LSC Education and Public Outreach Group, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2015 was awarded the MBE for his services to the public understanding of science.
*Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm
**Multi-storey car park at the University of Leeds is open to the general public after 5pm.
Up to two hours costs £2.