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Physics Colloquium

Friday, March 30, 2018
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
Physics Building, Room PB-38

Prof. Wen-Fai Fong, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University

The detection of gravitational waves and light from the same cosmic source has become one of the most highly-anticipated discoveries in physics and astronomy. Thanks to the recent onset of Advanced LIGO/Virgo, on August 17, 2017, this discovery came to fruition with the first direct detection of a merger of two neutron stars, followed by the detection of electromagnetic emission across ten orders of magnitude in wavelength. The merger, termed GW170817, was localized to a galaxy in our own cosmic neighborhood, allowing us to study the properties of the merger and its environment in unprecedented detail. Here, I describe efforts to localize GW170817 and uncover its properties through gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations. I also discuss the host galaxy and broad properties of GW170817 in the context of cosmological short gamma-ray bursts. Finally, I concentrate on open questions raised by GW170817 and the bright future ahead for multi-messenger astronomy.

Coffee will be served prior to the talk, at 3:00 p.m., In Room P-103


Prof. J. Trump

Physics Department (primary)

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