The discovery of gravitational waves

Datum: 17 mei 2016

Locatie: UAntwerp, Campus Groenenborger, Building V - V009 - Groenenborgerlaan 171 - 2020 Antwerpen

Tijdstip: 16 - 18 uur

Organisatie / co-organisatie: Physics Department

Korte beschrijving: Physics colloquium by Thomas Hertog

On 14 September 2015 at 10:51 am an international team of scientists observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from the merger of two black holes more than 1.3 billion years ago. This landmark discovery confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos that may well stretch all the way back to the big bang. In the colloquium, we will discover the significance of gravitational waves and what they can tell us about the universe.