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Exploring the Universe of Black Holes with Gravitational Waves

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A free public event where our panel of experts discuss the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

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The recent discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes has provided us with a new window onto astrophysics and cosmology.

Join us at the Portsmouth Guildhall Auditorium where Professor Bernard Schutz will host an informative and lively discussion with a panel of leading experts in the emerging field of gravitational wave astronomy.

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Bernard Schutz, Professor in Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University.

Bernard's work focuses on gravitational wave detection and astronomy; he is a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Starting in 1985 his Cardiff group pioneered the methods used today to recognise weak gravitational wave signals buried in noise.

This led to discovering how gravitational waves enable us to measure distances across the universe, in recognition of which in 2019 he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and also received the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

He is also an Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany, where he was a director from 1995 until 2014. While there he established the open-access journal Living Reviews in Relativity. He is also Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA.

Sheila Rowan, Chair of Natural Philosophy and , since 2009, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow.

She received the Hoyle Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2016 in recognition of her pioneering research on aspects of the technology of gravitational wave observatories.

Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Bert Elsbach Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Associate Director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State University.

His research focuses on gravitational wave sources and science, algorithms for their detection and data analysis, and strong field tests of Einstein's general relativity. He is currently leading an international consortium of scientists to develop the science case for the next generation of ground-based gravitational wave detectors.

This public lecture is organised as part of the 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, hosted by the University of Portsmouth, 15 – 20 December 2019.

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Parking in Portsmouth is extremely limited, we encourage you to use the train, bus, cycle routes, or the city’s Park and Ride facility.

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E: texas2019@port.ac.uk

T: 023 9284 5151

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