Plenary session III
- Carsten van de Bruck (University of Sheffield)
Detection of gravitational waves from mergers of two black holes is one
of the greatest discoveries of this century. It will open a new window on the Universe.
I shall describe observations of these signals in the data of LIGO detectors
by consortium of LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration.
I shall present several aspects of this dicovery: gravitational wave detectors,...
I will discuss how quantum mechanics makes the vacuum energy very sensitive to the values of physical parameters and how this exacerbates the cosmological constant problem in theories with varying 'constants'. Models of "interacting dark energy" in which the masses of dark matter states depend on the dark energy sector provide a striking example of this: in some models the finetuning of the...