The UTB Physics Colloquium presents Joey Kay, Candidate for the Education and Outreach Director for the Center
for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Date: March 6, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: SETB 3rd Floor Conference Room
When Galaxies Merge: Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Collisions
The supermassive black holes in the centers of merging galaxies are destined to create the most violent collisions in the universe. Gravitational wave astronomers aim to observe and characterize these cataclysmic events. In the next decade gravitational wave astronomy will open a new window to understanding our universe. Detectors built here on Earth and observations of pulsar stars in our galaxy are likely to catch the first confirmed gravitational wave signals. This will usher in a new era of astronomy and revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Just as we need different telescopes to study the universe in a wide range of wavelengths of light, we will need gravitational wave detectors sensitive to different wavelengths to fully explore the gravitational wave universe. A gravitational wave observatory in space will provide unprecedented details of sources including the supermassive black holes colliding in the centers of merged galaxies.