General Physics Colloquium

Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 16:00h

Gravitational waves: The new frontier

Prof. B.S. Sathyaprakash
Cardiff University, England

Gravitational wave detectors are already operating at interesting sensitivity levels. Analysis of data from these detectors is beginning to break new ground. Plans are already underway to build enhanced, advanced and third generation detectors that should result in secure detections by 2015. In this talk I will review the physics of gravitational waves, the most likely astronomical sources and recent results from the global network of gravitational wave interferometers. The focus of my talk will be the impact of gravitational wave detections and observations in fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.