Monday, April 25, 2022
Newcomb Hall, Room Newcomb Hall Theater
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Barry C. Barish , Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Caltech, and Distinguished Professor of Physics, at UC Riverside, Nobel Laureate 2017
[Host: Emeritus Professor Brad Cox]
The discovery of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein in 1916, is enabling both important tests of the theory of general relativity, and represents the birth of a new astronomy. Modern astronomy, using all types of electromagnetic radiation, has giving us an amazing understanding of the complexities of the universe, and how it has evolved. Now, gravitational waves and neutrinos are beginning to provide the opportunity to pursue some of the same astrophysical phenomena in very different ways, as well as to observe phenomena that cannot be studied with electromagnetic radiation. The detection of gravitational waves and the emergence and prospects for this exciting new science will be explored.
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