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Gravitational Waves and LIGO: A Technical History

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This event will be a talk by Stan Whitcomb PhD, Former Chief Scientist of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) followed by a panel discussion on the history of LIGO and its implications for future research.

The first detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO is remarkable not only because of its impact on the Theory of General Relativity and on the astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes, but also because of the sensitivity of the detectors required. The LIGO interferometers had to be capable of discerning changes as small as 1E-18 m in the length of its 4-km long arms, certainly one of the most precise physical measurements ever made.

With its partner the Virgo Project, LIGO will form the core of an international network of gravitational wave detectors, seeking to learn about the universe through a new type of signal. To achieve this incredible sensitivity, LIGO scientists spent over 30 years understanding and overcoming a plethora of competing noise sources.

The panel moderated by Tom Coughlin with include Stan, Brian Lantz PhD, Senior Research Scientist, LIGO Group, Stanford University and David Adler PhD, President and CEO of SVXR, an x-ray inspection company.

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