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Physics Program Presents

Friday, October 6, 2017

Listening to the Universe:
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Hegeman 107
12:00 pm

Antonios Kontos
Physics Program

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for the conception, construction and operation of the LIGO detector that detected Gravitational Waves for the first time. Considering the impossibly weak nature of gravitational waves, this was a monumental achievement of experimental ingenuity which has now opened a new type of window to the Universe (a microphone really). I will go through how the detectors work, what Gravitational Waves tell us about the universe and some personal experiences from being part of the collaboration.

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Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Hegeman 107