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Monday, October 13th 2014
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tania Regimbau, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
Subject: Cosmology with the Einstein GW Telescope

The first generation of gravitational-wave (GW) detectors such as LIGO or Virgo (2002-2013) were able to reach their design sensitivities, demonstrating the feasibility of the experiment.
With the second generation, Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo we are entering the era of the first GW detections. With a sensitivity about 10 times better than that of initial LIGO/Virgo, we expect the detection
of a few or a few tens of compact binary coalescences a year. With the third generation european antenna Einstein Telescope (ET) planned to be operational in 2025, GW astronomy will definitely take a step further, with the possibility
of detecting a large number of sources from a large range of processes, and providing a new tool to study fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmology.
In this talk I will introduce the Einstein Telescope design concept and present its science goal, focussing more specifically on cosmology studies.

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