The next college seminar will be a presentation with Dr. Mario C. Diaz, Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, with a lecture titled “The thunder and the lightning: UTB efforts to “see” the sounds of gravity”
Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
Location: SETB 2.336
Faculty and students are invited to attend.
In this seminar he will describe UTB’s scientists and students efforts to build an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere. Some current models of neutron star mergers predict the emission of electromagnetic afterglows associated with the cataclysm. This could have extreme relevance to the detection of gravitational waves produced during the event. He will discuss how the quasi simultaneous observations of both events could greatly improve the understanding of gravitational wave observations and the astrophysics behind the phenomena. He will also explain how an astronomical observatory in the south could be a valuable instrument in this hunt for the first detection of the music of stars.