BrisScience: Detecting gravitational waves
On September 14, 2015, scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration observed the collision and fusion of two black holes by directly measuring the gravitational waves emitted during their collision using LIGO detectors. The detection came 100 years after Einstein developed his revolutionary general theory of relativity that predicted gravitational waves, and 50 years after scientists began searching for them.
This discovery has truly profound implications, and opens a new window on the cosmos. Gravitational waves provide unique information on the most energetic astrophysical events, revealing unique insights into the nature of gravity, matter, space, and time.
Join us for the final BrisScience of the year, as Professor David Reitze discusses how he and his team made the detection and how gravitational astronomy promises to change our understanding of universe.
Professor David Reitze holds joint positions as the Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and a Professor of Physics at the University of Florida.
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