The Wave of the Future

Data: 
22/03/2017 - 14:00 - 15:00
Local: 
IAG - Prédio Principal, Auditório 1

The Wave of the Future


M. Coleman Miller, University of Maryland at College Park, USA


On September 14 and December 26 (and possibly October 12!), 2015, gravitational waves were detected directly using ground-based detectors. These events, and the promise of much more to come as detectors improve their sensitivity, have inaugurated a new era of astronomy, with a brand-new messenger from some of the most energetic events in the universe.  The characterization of such events will facilitate unprecedented tests of general relativity, and the high black hole masses in the first announced event have already had important consequences for binary stellar evolution theory.  I will start with a brief overview of these events, and will then solicit from the audience (starting with students) a list of topics to discuss related to the events and to the prospects for learning about the universe through observations of gravitational waves.  Most of the colloquium will therefore be interactive and created by the audience.