The Register Lecture: Great gravitational waves! LIGO's next cosmic act
Re-discovering the final frontier with Professor Mark Hannam
If you think the revolution in our understanding of the final frontier ignited by the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015 is over - think again.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and interferometer pal Virgo caused a sensation when a team of more than 900 scientists detected gravitational waves 100 years after Albert Einstein theorised the existence of these ripples through space and time. Fresh observations of black holes and neutron stars have rolled out since then, changing our understanding of both astronomy and physics and helping earn LIGO’s principal founders a Nobel prize for physics.
Professor Mark Hannam was part of the Cardiff University team involved in that important breakthrough, leading work to produce theoretical models of the gravitational wave signal using some advanced software modelling.
At The Register's November lecture, Mark will discuss the next chapter in this experiment as it undergoes a major upgrade - due for completion in 2019 - that will let LIGO and Virgo probe even deeper into the cosmos. Tickets and details here.
Mark will talk super black holes, neutron stars and the type of cosmic-scale software modelling that enables you to peek deeper into the unknown universe.
Join Mark and readers on November 14 at the Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James St, London, WC1N 3ES. Doors will be open from 6.30pm with Mark taking the mic at 7pm. We'll refuel with refreshments after 45 minutes, followed by an audience question-and-answer. ®