Actions and Detail Panel
Gravitational Waves and the LIGO
Sat, March 25, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Einstein predicted gravitational waves within his theory of gravity, general relativity. It took 100 years to prove his theory. And the credit goes to Dr Rainer Weiss, Professor of Physics emeritus at MIT’s Department of Physics. Nearly 50 years ago, Dr Weiss dreamed up a way to detect these gravitational waves, infinitesimal ripples in space-time.
We are honored to have Dr Weiss talk about Gravitational Waves and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Dr Weiss is best known for inventing the laser interferometric technique which is basic to the operation of LIGO. Currently there are two operating LIGO’s, one in Louisiana and another in Washington. Additional LIGOs are under construction, including a plan to build a LIGO in India.
This is the inaugural lecture of the IIT AGNE Distinguished Lecture Series.
#EinsteinWasRight #LIGO #NSFLigo #GravitationalWaves @mitsangam @iitagne #STEM #Astronomy @LIGO #mitligo