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Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Listening to the Universe
Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Listening to the Universe
Professor Keith Riles
Gravitational waves are minute disturbances of space itself, which can arise from distant and massive but compact bodies, such as black holes and neutron stars. Using them, scientists are probing some of the most exotic phenomena in the Universe. Insights from discoveries made so far, including some surprising new objects, will be presented, along with the potential for new discoveries that will make gravitational waves essential to the next century of astronomy and cosmology.

Keith Riles has carried out research in both experimental particle physics and gravitational wave physics. As a charter member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), founded in 1997, he initially led the LIGO detector characterization group and more recently has led searches for continuous gravitational waves from galactic neutron stars. His group at the University of Michigan hunts for signals from waves ten thousand times weaker than the first gravitational waves detected in September 2015.

This lecture is sponsored by Susan Fisher.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 01/21/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00