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Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Peter Saulson, Syracuse University
Subject: What Advanced LIGO is about to see
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium

For the past several decades, physicists have been working to detect gravitational waves from astrophysical sources and to open a new tool for astronomical observation. Now, Advanced LIGO is about to start its first observing run. By the time it reaches its full design sensitivity around 2018, it will be able to survey a sphere 200 Mpc in radius for signals from the coalescence of binary neutron stars, deep enough to find them. It has a good chance to find signals from binaries involving black holes, too. In this talk, I’ll explain how Advanced LIGO works and why we think that its time has finally come.

Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic

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