April 30, 2016
Shawnee State University welcomes Dr. Maria Babuic Hamilton of Marshall University.
Shawnee State University welcomes Dr. Maria Babuic Hamilton of Marshall University to talk about the recent discovery of gravitational waves at 6 p.m. on Apr. 30 at the Clark Planetarium.
Dr. Hamilton’s talk focuses on the recently detected gravitational waves that shuddered passed the Earth vibrating the delicately balanced laser beam at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) last September and alerted scientist that something big had happened. The vibrations were caused by the collision of two black holes that merged so violently, it shook the fabric of space.
These vibrations are an affirmation of Einstein’s theory of relativity. They carry information that let scientists probe the heart of supernova explosions, black hole collisions and the Big Bang itself. The discovery of the gravitational waves will have transformative effect on our understanding of the universe.
Dr. Hamilton’s research involves solving Einstein’s equations of general relativity numerically and running supercomputer simulations to create templates for the signal that can be used by gravitational waves observatories, such as LIGO and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).
The event is free and open to all SSU students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.
For more information, please contact the Clark Planetarium at email@example.com or at (740) 351-3147.