Sep 12 – 16, 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Gravitational wave astronomy

Sep 13, 2016, 10:00 AM
500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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Scott Hughes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


In the past year, the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration announced the first secure detection of gravitational waves. This discovery heralds the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy: the use of gravitational waves as a tool for studying the dense and dynamical universe. In this talk, I will describe the full spectrum of gravitational waves, from Hubble-scale modes, through waves with periods of years, hours and milliseconds. I will describe the different techniques one uses to measure the waves in these bands, current and planned facilities for implementing these techniques, and the broad range of sources which produce the radiation. I will discuss what we might expect to learn as more events and sources are measured, and as this field matures into a standard part of the astronomical milieu.

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