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Monday, April 16, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)

Colloquium

Black-Holes, Neutron-Stars, Numerical Relativity and the Birth of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Pablo Laguna
Georgia Technical University

Gravitational wave astronomy has arrived with the detection of gravitational waves emitted by black-hole and neutron-star binary systems. This was the culmination of a colossal scientific and engineering effort. In parallel to this effort, the numerical relativity community worked on figuring out what to expect. I will give a general overview of recent observations of gravitational waves and discuss the role that numerical relativity played in the prediction and characterizations of the sources. I will also present my views on the future of numerical relativity and its potential for producing unique tools for astronomical discoveries.

Host: Wojciech Zurek