PUBLIC LECTURE: Prof Alberto Vecchio
Gravitational waves and spacetime fireworks:
mapping collisions of black holes and neutron stars throughout the cosmos
Gravitational waves were first detected in 2015, a hundred years since Einstein predicted this form of radiation as a fundamental consequence of his theory of general relativity. This first observation marks the beginning of a new era in astronomy and of explorations of some of the most violent phenomena in the cosmos. We have discovered binary black holes, which we now know are abundant in our Universe. We have observed for the first time the collision of a pair of neutron stars that has set in motion a sequence of remarkable events tracked by astronomers across the electro-magnetic spectrum. This is just the beginning of a new journey to unveil some of the best kept secrets of the Universe which is likely to provide many more surprises in the years to come.
Date: 29 May 2019
Venue: Harrie Masse Lecture Theatre, University College London
(preceeded by a wine-and-nibbles reception at 16:30 in the South Cloisters)
Note: No registration required; tickets are first-come-first-served.
We are thrilled to announce that Prof Alberto Vecchio (University of Birmingham) will be giving this year's SPINS-UK public lecture.
Alberto Vecchio is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, and co-Founder and current Director of the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy. His work spans many aspects of gravitational-wave science and observations. He is a member of the LIGO Team that detected gravitational waves in September 2015 and discovered the first binary black hole merger. He is Royal Society Wolfson Fellow and co-recipient of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.