6:30 pm, Thursday February 22nd 2018
Napier 102 lecture theatre,
Napier Building, University of Adelaide (North Terrace campus)
“Gravitational Wave Detection and the Birth of Multi Messenger Astronomy”
Prof. David Ottaway,
University of Adelaide
The existence of gravitational waves was first predicted by Albert Einstein as a direct consequence of his Theory of General Relativity. These waves were first directly detected on Earth a little more than 2 years ago. These waves were created by the collision between two black holes that occurred over a billion years ago. The significance of this detection was celebrated with the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to Weiss, Barish and Thorne. Further detections have helped solve the mystery of how gold and other heavy elements are created in the Universe. In this talk I will present an overview of the field of gravitational wave detection and how this has led to the opening of a new window on the universe.
The Bronze Bragg medals and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture.
The medal is awarded for highest achievement in Physics in 2017 in the SACE Stage 2 assessments, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit.