Oberlin College and Conservatory

Physics & Astronomy Lecture Series: Dr. Dan Stinebring

Wednesday, September 27 at 4:35pm

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

The Thrumming Universe: Evidence for a Gravitational Wave Background

A cosmic background of electromagnetic waves — a remnant of the Big Bang — was discovered in 1965. In 2016, scientists reported the discovery of a gravitational pulse from the merger of two massive Black Holes using the LIGO detector. On June 28 of this year, five collaborations, including our NANOGrav collaboration, reported evidence for a background of gravitational waves produced by supermassive Black Holes orbiting each other in distant galaxies. Come learn about gravitational waves, how a nanohertz background of gravitational waves is detected with a Pulsar Timing Array, and Oberlin’s role in this important advance.

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Academic, Physics and Astronomy


Free and open to the public

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Headshot photograph of Dr. Dan Stinebring

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Amy Reising

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