Turning on and tuning up the interferometers for gravitational radiation detection

In this decade, the detection
of gravitational radiation from astrophysical sources will become commonplace.
The 2nd generation interferometers in the U.S., Europe, India, and Japan will
be the components of a global network capable of locating towards sources in
the gravitational sky; this will allow us to form pictures of the most violent
events in the universe with both electromagnetic and gravitational radiation.

 

I will describe the limits of
the sensitivity of these instruments and how we can surpass them to detect
neutron star binaries out to 1 Gpc and nearly all the solar mass black hole
binaries in the universe. These techniques can be applied to the world wide
network of detectors, taking us from the era of making detections into making
precision measurements of astrophysical phenomena and tests of gravity in the
strong field regime.

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Seminar
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Lazaridis Theatre