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Public Occasion: Gravitational Waves – Hear From The Specialists – Physics and Astronomy outreach


Hear from some world-leading specialists on gravitational waves, and the standing of the worldwide community of detectors.

Date: Thursday fifteenth September
Time: 1930-2100
Venue: Centre for Scholar Life, Cardiff College

About this occasion

For the reason that first detection of gravitational waves in 2015, the worldwide community of gravitational wave detectors has continued to develop and the variety of black gap and neutron star mergers has continued to rise.

These developments are resulting from enhancements within the precision expertise used to detect gravitational waves, in addition to a greater understanding of the alerts predicted by theories similar to Einstein’s basic relativity.

On this panel dialogue, organised in collaboration with the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration and Cardiff Astronomical Society, specialists from throughout the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration will reply questions on all facets of the gravitational wave experiments, from their constructing and operation, to the detections thus far, and waiting for the long run.

Recommended age suitability: 14+


Cardiff College Centre for Scholar Life is located near the centre of Cardiff, on Park Place, very near Cathays Station. Whereas there isn’t a parking on website, there’s on-street parking on surrounding streets, significantly on/close to Museum Avenue (5-10 minute stroll away).

The Panel

Prof. Gabriela González (Louisiana State College) was a founding member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and has participated intensely within the commissioning of the LIGO detector on the Livingston Observatory (Louisiana, US) since becoming a member of LSU in 2001. Her analysis curiosity is within the detection of gravitational waves with interferometric detectors. She was elected because the LSC spokesperson from 2011 till 2017.

Dr Nicolas Arnaud (CNRS & EGO) is a CNRS workers researcher, presently seconded at EGO (European Gravitational Observatory), the host laboratory of the Virgo gravitational-wave detector, the place he works on detector characterisation. Nicolas has been concerned for about 20 years in outreach and training actions. He has been the Virgo outreach coordinator for a pair years and remains to be energetic in disseminating LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA outcomes to the French viewers.

Dr Lionel London (Kings School London) his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Know-how in 2015 in Gravitational Wave Idea. He went on to post-doctoral work at Cardiff College from 2015 till 2019 and presently works at King’s School London as a Royal Society College Analysis Fellow. His analysis pursuits are gravitational wave sign modelling and knowledge evaluation and assessments of basic relativity.

Dr Hannah Middleton (College of Birmingham) is a postdoctoral researcher on the College of Birmingham engaged on gravitational wave knowledge evaluation. She can also be Editor-in-Chief of the LIGO Journal, a free on-line publication with gravitational-wave information, tales behind the science, and extra. When not working she likes knitting, pictures, going out for walks, and classic tractors.


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