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Next Monday, 29th February, we celebrate gravitational waves discovery with two exceptional invited speakers; physicists Alicia Sintes and Sascha Husa, directly involved in the discovery by Advanced LIGO, will offer a public conference opened to all citizens.
✔ "El primer descubrimiento Advanced LIGO"
Gravitational waves detected after 100 years of Einstein´s prediction
Monday, 29th February, 19:00, Kutxa Andia Hall
For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves: ripples in the fabric of space-time which travel to Earth from big catastrophic events occurring in the universe. This discovery fulfills the last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity proposed in 1915, opening a new window in the observation of universe.
Gravitational waves were detected the 14th September 2015 by the twin detectors from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), based in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington in the United States. Detected gravitational waves come from two colliding black holes 1300 millions of light years away.
Phycisists Alicia M Sintes Olives and Sascha Husa, are members of the Relativity and Gravitation Research Group from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the only Spanish group present in LIGO´s Scientific Collaboration. In this talk, we will learn at first-hand what gravitational-waves are and how Advanced LIGO´s earliest discovery was conceived.
Conference will be in Spanish and no simultaneous-translation will be available.
ALICIA M. SINTES OLIVES, is a teacher in Theoretical Physics from UIB. Sintes is the main UIB´s researcher in the LIGO´s Scientific Collaboration, member of LIGO´s board and GEO´s executive committee. Her research is focused in the field of gravitational-waves astronomy. Sintes is expert in interferometric detectors, and the study and search of neutron stars and binary black-holes. She has led different researches within LIGO, GEO and LISA collaborations. She has participated in the development of “LIGO Scientific Collaboration Algorithm Library Suite” software and has contributed to Einstein@home distributed computing project.
SASCHA HUSA, is teacher at UIB and LIGO´s board member. His research is focused in the modeling gravitational-wave sources as black holes, using high performance computation. Its main contribution to LIGO´s data analysis consists in the development, implementation and testing of wave models for binary black-holes, which are commonly used in the collaboration.
Organiser: Donostia International Physics Center with the collaboration of Obra Social Kutxa.
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