Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves:
From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Dr. Kip S.Thorne
Professor of Theoretical Physics; Emeritus California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

May 26, 2017 - 18:00 La Pedrera (Passeig de Gràcia 92, Barcelona)

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. After a half century eort, we humans have had our rst contact with these waves. LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) has detected and deciphered the waves produced by pairs of colliding black holes a billion light years from Earth. Thorne will describe LIGO and its discoveries, and the future of gravitational-wave astronomy: A future that will include at least four dierent frequency bands (the gravitational analogs of X-ray, optical, infrared, and radio astronomy); and a future in which astronomers will probe a rich range of phenomena, including the birth of the universe and the birth of the fundamental forces of nature in our universe’s earliest moments.

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