Nergis Mavalvala, MIT, "First results from LIGO: past, present and future"
Astronomy colloquium: Apr 26 @ 3:30 PM, ERC 161
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves for the first time in 2015. Since then there have been a couple more detections of binary black hole mergers. I will discuss the instruments that made these discoveries, the science so far, and plans for future improvements and upgrades to LIGO.