2021 Spring Physics Colloquium Series: Professor Mario C. Diaz

DateFebruary 24, 2021
Time4:00 - 5:00 pm
2021 Spring Physics Colloquium Series

Professor Mario C. Diaz

Director, Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Five Years of Gravitational Wave Astronomy:

What have we learned?

What will we learn in the next five years?

This past February 11, the astrophysics community commemorated the fifth anniversary of the
announcement of the first detection of gravitational waves. The momentous discovery started a new era for astrophysics. And then again on August 17, 2017, another breakthrough thrusted astronomy into a new paradigm: Multi-messenger Astronomy was born thanks to the efforts of several thousand physicists and astronomers, who succeeded in observing the first binary neutron star merger with the full range of electromagnetic instruments as well as in gravitational waves.

A few months ago, the LIGO/VIRGO/KAGRA collaboration published a gravitational wave catalogue describing a total of fifty gravitational wave detections in the first five years of operation of the gravitational wave observatories in the USA and Europe. In this talk I will review some of
the results that this new astronomy has brought about, the many open questions and challenges we
face as we move forward, and speculate about the near future.

Passcode: 546624

Virtual Coffee and Tea Reception at 3:40 p.m.

For more information contact: Dr. B.F.L. Ward, 254-710-4878
PublisherDepartment of Physics
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