Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture 2019

Gravitational waves - songs in the key of the Universe

Prof. Sheila Rowan, University of Glasgow

3pm on Wednesday March 13th 2019
(scroll down for more details)

In September 2015 the twin 'Advanced LIGO' observatories allowed the first direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. The detected waves originated from the collision and merger of two black holes, 1.3 billion light years from Earth. This detection marked the start of a new field of gravitational astrophysics, in the 100th anniversary year of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

This lecture will cover some of the insights that the gravitational wave observations to date have provided, and outline plans for the global network of advanced gravitational wave detectors and what the future of the field might look like.

Poster picture credits: 
An artist's impression of spinning black holes 
(credit:LSC/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet) 
and Technology developments for GW detectors 
(credit: Jenny Anderson)

This year's Spreadbury Lecture (the 29th) will be given by Prof. Sheila Rowan from the University of Glasgow.

The lecture will take place in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre at 3pm on Wednesday March 13th 2019. The lecture theatre can be accessed from the entrance to the UCL Union in Gower Court, off Gower Place.

All are welcome and the lecture will be at a level accessible to undergraduates studying either physics or astrophysics. The event is co-sponsored by the UCL Physics Society.

Following the lecture, refreshments will be served in E3/E7 in the Department of Physics and Astonomy and anyone attending the lecture is most welcome.