Gravitational Waves: Nature’s Biggest Explosions

06/09/2017, 17:00 - 20:00

Free

Gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — were one of the first major predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity, and are the last to be directly measured. These waves are produced by some of the most violent phenomena in the universe, such as collisions of black holes, the explosive deaths of massive stars, and the big bang itself. But they are so fantastically weak that they have only recently been observed, following decades of effort by a worldwide collaboration.

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Patrick Sutton from the School of Physics and Astronomy will discuss Cardiff University’s role in the discovery of gravitational waves, and how the team are using them as a new probe of Nature and its most extreme environments.

Registration and refreshments (VJ Gallery) from 5pm, with the Lecture (Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre) at 6pm. A drinks reception will take place after the lecture in the VJ Gallery.

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