Oberlin College and Conservatory

Physics & Astronomy Department Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:35pm to 5:45pm

Wright Laboratory of Physics, Wright Lecture Hall, W201
110 N. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

"Listening to  the Universe with Lasers" is the title of the talk to be presented by Madeline Wade, assistant professor of physics at Kenyon College.

Abstract:  The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO) has been making groundbreaking discoveries since the moment it turned on in 2015.  The LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations have published results for 11 total gravitational wave detections.  We have detected gravitational waves from ten merging black hole systems and one merging neutron star system. 

In this talk, I will give an overview of gravitational-wave physics, the LIGO detectors, and give some highlights of the current discoveries.  I will also discuss some of the current and ongoing research I am involved in, including calibration of the LIGO instruments and applications.

A reception for Professor Wade begins at 4:10 p.m. in the Anderson Lounge, Wright Lab, second floor.

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Academic, Physics and Astronomy

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Diane Doman

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