Mittwoch, 08.06.2016, 16:00 Uhr

The Birth of Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Vortrag auf Englisch)

Prof. Dr. Kostas Kokkotas, Theoretische Astrophysik, Universität Tübingen



On September 14, 2015, the two Gravitational-Wave Detectors made a historical discovery by observing a transient gravitational-wave signal produced by the collision of two black-holes. This momentous achievement is the result of a massive international effort to build one of the world’s most sensitive measuring devices; proves, for the first time, the existence of black-holes as predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity and demonstrates the existence of binary stellar-mass black hole systems. Most importantly, this marks the beginning of a new epoch for astronomy and cosmology. The impact of observational gravitational wave astronomy, may be only be compared to the extension of electromagnetic astronomy to radio and high-energy wavelengths, and, potentially, as significant as the development of the telescope itself. In this talk, I will outline what are the future plans of the gravitational wave community, and what further scientific breakthroughs can be expected in the next decades.

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Raum: Karlsruhe
Dauer: 45 Minuten
Zielgruppe: Schülerinnen und Schüler ab Oberstufe sowie die interessierte Öffentlichkeit