Einstein, Black Holes and Cosmic Chirps

A free lecture titled “Einstein, Black Holes and Cosmic Chirps” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 in 111 Wartik Lab on the Penn State University Park campus. This lecture will be presented by Barry Barish, Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology.

Detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) on 14 September 2015 not only confirmed a key prediction made by Albert Einstein 100 years ago but it also promises a new era in observational astronomy, cosmology and fundamental physics. It has been hailed as bigger than the discovery of the Higgs Boson and as the greatest progress in astronomy since Galileo Galilee turned his telescope on the sky. With LIGO we will be able to directly observe black holes, probe the cores of supernovae and pulsars, and peer into the first moments of the big bang.

No one is more qualified to tell the story of LIGO and the discovery than Barry Barish, who was the director of LIGO from the beginning of its construction in 1994 until its first operations in 2005. Barish also has served as the director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, the highest priority future project for particle physics worldwide.

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