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Understanding the LIGO gravitational wave event (GW150914)

Professor Andrew D. Jackson, The Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen

03.05.2017 at 16:15


In February 2016 the LIGO team announced the detection of gravitational waves (GW) created by the merger of two black holes. In addition to con- firming a major prediction of general relativity, successful GW detection would provide a powerful new tool for astrophysics. Given their evident importance, the LIGO results and the methods which led to them deserve independent critical analysis. This talk will present the results of one such study in a manner suitable for non-specialists.

Seminarraum A348/349, Fakultät für Physik der LMU München, Theresienstr. 37