Institute of Astronomy

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Alberto Vecchio (University Birmingham)26 May 2016Institute of Astronomy Colloquia


On September 14, 2015 the two instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed a gravitational wave transient that has been associated to the coalescence of a binary black hole. I will describe the history of the discovery, the physical properties that we have inferred about the source and the implications for our understanding of the underlying astrophysical population.


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