17-24 July 2013
KTH and Stockholm University Campus
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Listening to the Universe with eLISA: A Gravitational Wave Detector in Space

19 Jul 2013, 09:00
F3 (KTH Campus)


KTH Campus

Talk presentation Cosmology and Gravity Cosmology and Gravity


Karsten Danzmann (AEI , Hannover)


More than 90 years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of Gravitational Waves as a consequence of his theory of General Relativity. They are minute distortions of space and time, created by rapidly accelerating large masses, and propagating at the speed of light. Several kilometer-size laser-interferometric gravitational wave detectors are currently operating on the earth. They will soon be joined by space detectors with armlengths of millions of kilometers, looking at the signals from massive black holes in the whole universe. The European Space Agency has recently called for the submission of science themes for the L2 and L3 large mission launch opportunities. This talk will describe the science theme „The Gravitational Universe“ and eLISA as strawman mission concept for its realization.

Primary author

Karsten Danzmann (AEI , Hannover)

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