LIGO discovery of a Binary Black Hole Merger

Vicky Kalogera (Northwestern University) - March 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm

I will review the analysis of the first Advanced LIGO observations that launched the era of gravitational-wave astrophysics with the discovery of the GW150914 merger: data search, signal characterization, measurements of source properties. I will discuss how this observation enables the first tests of general relativity in the strong-field regime and what this discovery implies for black-hole astrophysics.

The seminar will be held in 131A Campbell Hall.

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