A public lecture on gravitational-wave science by Prof. Jim Hough.
The detection of gravitational-wave signals is still one of the most challenging areas of experimental physics. And the reward for success will be considerable in that the information carried by these signals will give us new insight into the hearts of some of the most violent events in the Cosmos—from the formation of black holes to aspects of the evolution of the Universe. A global network of gravitational-wave detectors is now reaching the final stages of construction, with first data expected in 2015. The nature of gravitational waves, how the detectors work, and what the data from the detectors can tell us about the Universe we inhabit, will be discussed.
Refreshments will be provided following the lecture, there will also be some hands-on demonstrations and the chance to chat with our researchers.
Professor James Hough OBE FRS FRSE FInstP FAPS FRAS is a Research Professor in Natural Philosophy and the emeritus holder of the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research. He has had a long and distinguished career in the field of gravitational-wave detection, and we are delighted that he could speak here in Birmingham.
This event is run in conjunction with the 15th British Gravity (BritGrav) Meeting, organised by the Gravitational Physics Group of the University of Birmingham. We are running several activities with the hope of exciting the public (of all ages) about current research regarding gravity.
Who is this talk for?
The talk is aimed at a general audience with no physics or astronomy background. Anyone who is interested is welcome. School parties are particularly encouraged!
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If you have a question about this event, please contact the BritGrav Organising Committee.
When & Where
BritGrav 15, University of Brimingham
The British Gravity (BritGrav) Meeting is an annual conference for all topics related to gravitational physics. It is specifically aimed to promote the work of students and early career researchers.
2015 is an exciting year for gravitational physics. It marks the centenary of Einstein first publishing the field equations of general relativity. It will also see the first observations from Advanced LIGO, which is trying to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves. We hope that we can share this excitement with everyone!