Fri10Nov20174:00 pmLewis 101
Colloquium: The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Departamento de Fisica
Instituto Superior Técnico — CENTRA, Portugal
The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
The era of gravitational wave astronomy has begun. The LIGO and Virgo observatories are already revealing the properties of neutron star and stellar mass black hole coalescences. However, many more discoveries await. In the coming years we expect to observe gravitational radiation across a frequency spectrum spanning >10 orders of magnitude, generated by a diverse array of sources from white dwarf stars to supermassive black holes. I will discuss what I consider to be some of the most exciting prospects, and identify several key challenges that must be addressed for these discoveries to be fully utilised in the fields of astronomy, fundamental physics, and cosmology.