Physics Matters! is a series of six Thursday evening talks (6.30-7.30pm) at Northumbria University. Each talk is focused around different areas of physics, and aims to show why Physics Matters! and where it can lead.
The talk this week will be Gravitational Waves from Dr. Peter Murray from Glasgow University. Peter works for the Institute for Gravitational Research, investigating the properties of test substrates to be used in future Gravitational Wave Detectors.
In February 2016 scientists announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. A century after Albert Einstein predicted their existence, a large international team of scientists detected gravitational waves generated by the merger of two black holes located 1.3 billion light-years from Earth. The discovery was made using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and has marked the beginning of an exciting new era in astronomy. Astronomers can now observe gravitational waves, enabling studies of black holes, and other exotic phenomena, deep in the far reaches of our Universe to be made. Come and learn more about this exciting discovery and some of the research and development undertaken to make the most sensitive instruments in the world.
Students do not have to be accompanied by a member of staff, but staff are welcome to come along.
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