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The First Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves

David Shoemaker, MIT Kavli Institute
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
PAA A-102
On September 14, 2015 at 09:50:45 UTC the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal. It matches the waveform predicted by general relativity for the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes and the ringdown of the resulting single black hole. The talk will provide a bit of historical context, describe the instruments, what we have learned from this observation and our confidence in the conclusions, and touch on future developments.​

Audio​ of the colloquium (there was technical problem with the video)

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