Sonoma State University physics and astronomy professor Lynn Cominsky reports on the recent observations of gravitational waves in the "What Physicists Do" lecture on March 21 at Sonoma State. Cominsky was part of the team that announced the discovery earlier this year.
The waves, ripples in space-time caused by merging black holes, was detected by the twin facilities that comprise the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in September last year.
The direct detection of gravitational waves is one of experimental physics' greatest achievements and opens up a new era in studying the universe. This is a profound result, and this lecture is a unique opportunity to hear directly from a member of the LIGO team.
The lecture is in Darwin 103 on Monday, March 21, 4 p.m. Admission is free, parking on campus is $5-$8.
What Physicists Do lecture series