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Speaker: Scott A. Hughes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

OPENING EINSTEIN'S EARS: The Inauguration of Gravitational-wave Astronomy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

101  Brockman Hall for Physics
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Just over a year ago, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory announced the first unambiguous direct detection of gravitational waves. This event marked the end of the beginning of a long process to make gravitational waves a tool for observing the universe. In this talk, I will present an overview of gravitational wave physics and detection, describing why gravitational waves provide a unique and powerful tool for probing extreme objects in the universe. I will describe in some detail what has been learned from the handful of events that have been announced so far, and discuss plans, ideas, and ongoing projects that will determine the field’s future.

Biography of Scott A. Hughes:
Professor Scott A. Hughes has been on the physics faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2003. His research focuses on black holes and gravitational waves, particularly the role that black holes play as gravitational wave sources, and how gravitational waves can be used to enable new probes of strong gravity astrophysical systems.

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