Gravitational Wave Astronomy in Louisiana
Nov 10, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||135 French House|
|Contact Name||Granger Babcock|
Honors College students and the LSU Community
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Dr. Corbitt will describe the recent discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations. The discovery, while validating Einstein's theory of general relativity, also provides a new way to look at the universe. He will attempt to put the discovery into context, and also discuss the special role that Louisiana has played in the discovery.
LIGO's discovery confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.