SEMINARY (auditorium CAB) 30-03-2016. Gravitational Waves: The novel messengers of the Universe

By Dra. Alicia Sintes Olives, from Universitat de les Illes Balears and Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC).

Day: March 30th, 2016
Hour: 12:00
Venue: Auditorio del Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial
Ctra de Ajalvir, km 4
28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain.

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Title: Gravitational Waves: The novel messengers of the Universe

Abstract: The last century has witnessed tremendous progress thanks to the observation of electromagnetic radiation. Gravitational waves, ripples in the space-time, are now the new messengers that allow us to open a new window to the Cosmos that could revolutionize our understanding of the Universe in which we live.

The gravitational waves were detected, directly, for the first time by the LIGO detectors on the 14 September 2015. These waves came to Earth from a catastrophic event in the distant Universe. This confirms an important prediction of the theory of General Relativity of Albert Einstein from 1915 and opens an unprecedented new window in the Cosmos.

This talk will explain what are these gravitational waves and how was the first discovery of Advanced LIGO, and our participation in this detection.



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