About the event
The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites all to a colloquium featuring Dr. Ansel Neunzert, . Dr. Neunzert will present their talk, “Farther, faster, and clearer: gravitational wave science in LIGO’s fourth observing run and beyond.”, Thursday, January 18, at 12:10 p.m. in Webster 11.
The first part of this talk will cover the basics of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors and the science they enable, highlighting recent detector improvements and contextualizing LIGO in the growing field of gravitational-wave science. Next, I will turn to the future and discuss some as-yet-undetected classes of gravitational waves, particularly long-duration signals expected to emanate from rapidly spinning neutron stars. Throughout the talk I will emphasize efforts to identify and mitigate instrumental noise sources in the LIGO detectors, an endeavor which connects topics from astrophysics to instrument science.
Meet for refreshments before the lecture at 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall.