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Physics Colloquium March 6, 2013


The UTB Physics Colloquium presents Joey Kay, Candidate for the Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.

Date: March 6, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: SETB 3rd Floor Conference Room

When Galaxies Merge: Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Collisions

The supermassive black holes in the centers of merging galaxies are destined to create the most violent collisions in the universe. Gravitational wave as­tronomers aim to observe and characterize these cataclysmic events. In the next decade gravitational wave astronomy will open a new window to under­standing our universe. Detectors built here on Earth and observations of pulsar stars in our galaxy are likely to catch the first confirmed gravitational wave signals. This will usher in a new era of astronomy and revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Just as we need different telescopes to study the universe in a wide range of wavelengths of light, we will need gravitational wave detectors sensitive to different wavelengths to fully ex­plore the gravitational wave universe. A gravitational wave observatory in space will provide unprecedented details of sources including the supermas­sive black holes colliding in the centers of merged galaxies.



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3/6/2013 3:00 PM

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SETB 3rd Floor Conference Room

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