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FTheory: The Beginnings of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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Rainer Weiss, MIT
When
20 April 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where
320 Whitmore Lab
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The first detection of gravitational waves was made in September 2015 with the measurement of the coalescence of two ~30 solar mass black holes at a distance of about 1 billion light years from Earth. The talk will provide a review of more recent measurements of black hole events as well as the first detection of the coalescence of two neutron stars and the beginning of multi-messenger astrophysics. The talk will end with a discussion of technical challenges and some prospects for the field. 

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