HEP - Astro Seminar
Listening with Ears Wide Open for Gravitational Wave Bursts
Speaker: Peter Shawhan (University of Maryland)


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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 03/12/2012
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

  • Location: 335 West Hall

  • Description: The successful operation of the LIGO, GEO600 and Virgo detectors has not yet been rewarded with the detection of a gravitational-wave signal. Nevertheless, analysis of the data is already providing some constraints on the population and characteristics of sources. Searches for gravitational wave "bursts"--transient signals with arbitrary waveform--are capable of detecting the widest range of possible signals. I will present and interpret some recent search results, including multi-messenger searches for astrophysical events. I will also share the latest news about building the Advanced Detectors network.