Opening a New Window on the Universe
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time, predicted by Einstein and produced by the most violent events in the cosmos: exploding stars, colliding black holes, even the Big Bang itself. Using a global network of giant laser interferometers – among the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built – astronomers are on the threshold of directly detecting gravitational waves for the very first time. Martin Hendry will describe the remarkable technology that underpins this exciting new field, and highlight the fundamental questions – about stars, galaxies, cosmology, perhaps even the nature of space and time – that may be answered as we open this new window on the Universe.
About Martin hendry
Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow, where he is also currently Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration: a global team of more than 900 scientists at the forefront of the quest to detect gravitational waves. A former ‘Science in Society’ Fellow for the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, Martin is a passionate enthusiast for science engagement with schools and the public. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in recognition of his ongoing contributions to research, teaching and public engagement with science.