Dr. Saul Teukolsky, Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Cornell University, will present a lecture entitled "Simulations of Black Holes and Gravitational Waves."
Abstract: Gravitational wave detectors like LIGO are poised to begin detecting signals. One of the prime scientific goals is to detect waves from the coalescence and merger of black holes in binary systems. Confronting such signals with the predictions of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity will be the first real strong-field test of the theory. Until very recently, theorists were unable to calculate what the theory actually predicts. Professor Teukolsky will describe recent breakthroughs that have occurred and that have set things up for an epic confrontation of theory and experiment.
(This talk is presented at a level comfortable for undergraduate physics students. A general audience lecture will be presented by Dr. Teukolsky at 8:00 p.m. this evening; see listing.)
A reception for Dr. Teukolsky will begin at 4:10 p.m. in the Anderson Lounge area -- Wright Physics Laboratory, second floor.