When

Start: 02/16/2011 - 4:15pm

End : 02/16/2011 - 5:00pm

End : 02/16/2011 - 5:00pm

Category

Colloquium

Speaker

David Nichols (CMC ’06/Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology/W.M. Keck Science Center, Claremont Colleges)

Abstract

In this talk, I will discuss black-hole binaries in Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

I will explain how one might observe a black-hole binary through its gravitational waves with

a detector like the Laser Interferometer Graviational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Detection

of gravitational waves requires accurate models of these waves, and I will also talk about how

one can compute them using analytical and numerical methods. The gravitational waves

are only a small piece of the full curvature of spactime in the numerical calculations of

black-hole binaries. I will conclude by describing recent efforts to understand and visualize

the curvature in the spacetime of black-hole binaries.

Where

Roberts North 15, Claremont McKenna College