Physicist To Speak On Latest In Gravitational Waves Feb. 6

Feb. 5, 2004

by Judy Long

University of Texas physicist Richard Matzner will speak to Baylor University science students, faculty and interested others at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, on recent advances in the detection of gravitational waves in space.

The lecture, to be held in room 202 of the Marrs McLean Science Building on the Baylor campus, is sponsored by the department of physics, the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research (CASPER), and the office of the vice provost for research.

"Gravitational Wave Detectors and Predicting Detected Waveforms" will describe LIGO, a detector project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and introduce the space-based detector, LISA, a European Space Agency-planned project slated for launch around 2012.

Matzner serves as director of UT's Center for Relativity and principal investigator for NSF's binary hole grand challenge project. He has written more than 120 scientific articles and is the coauthor of two books.

For more information, contact the office of the vice provost for research at (254) 710-3763.

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