A New Window into our Universe

Gravitational Wave Discovery

Recent monumental discoveries of gravitational waves have allowed us to view the Universe in ways never before thought possible. In this talk, Dr Robert Ferdman from UEA will introduce gravitational waves, their incredible discovery, and plans for detecting them from a wide range of astronomical objects and phenomena.

At the forefront of observation astrophysics is the direct detection of gravitational waves. Recent discoveries by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration have not only shown a key piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity to be correct, but have also heralded the era of gravitational-wave astrophysics, opening an entirely new and exciting window to our Universe… one that cannot be observed with traditional telescopes.

In this lecture, Dr Robert Ferdman from UEA will introduce gravitational waves. What creates them? How are they detected? And what we can learn from their observation? He will also discuss other ways in which we are working to detect gravitational waves that will allow us to investigate astrophysical phenomena in new ways, including the observations of pulsars — highly dense stellar remnants — in a galactic-scale gravitational-wave detector.

Dr Ferdman is Lecturer in Physics at UEA. His work focuses on observational astrophysics, particularly on the study of pulsars and analyzing pulsar data to perform a wide variety of astrophysics.

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Sunday 21 October
10.30am–11.30am
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 12+