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FTheory: The Future of Ground-based Gravitational-wave Detectors

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David Reitze, Caltech
02 March 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
320 Whitmore Lab
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The recent discoveries of gravitational waves by LIGO and Virgo have opened the field of gravitational-wave astronomy and already revealed unique insights into the nature of the high energy universe. Nonetheless, the current generation of gravitational wave observatories is quite limited in its "reach," the distance to which gravitational wave events can be confidently detected. 

To fully explore the gravitational-wave universe, new detectors and observatories will be needed which are ultimately capable of seeing out to cosmological distances. In this (decidedly not very theoretical) presentation, I discuss near term plans for upgrading the existing ground-based detectors as well as longer term lans for constructing new observatories in the next decade.