Justing Huang Special Colloquium: Not with a Whimper but a Bang: From Gravitational Wave Detection to Multi-Messenger Astronomy

Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

The first  detection of gravitational waves from a  black hole binary in  2015 was a  breakthrough, taking a century to realize, and made possible by the coming together of a remarkable experiment and an exquisite theory complemented by the best in sophisticated data analyses, state of the art computing and  the transition to "big science". For this discovery,  Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish  received the Nobel Prize for Physics   in 2017. The   discovery of gravitational waves  from a neutron star binary in 2017  and the intense associated electromagnetic follow up heralds the launch of a  new  multi-messenger astronomy  with  its  potential to  impact  astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics. A week  after the announcement of the discovery in Feb 2016, LIGO-India received its in-principle approval from the Indian government.  The talk concludes with  a brief summary of the LIGO-India project, its   current status and future prospects.

Speaker(s): 
Prof. Bala Iyer - International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru, India
Host: 
Prof. Sergei Koeikin