Northwestern University

Apr
3
Wed 4:00 PM

Heilborn Lectures: The Gamble taken by the NSF with LIGO

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Technological Institute, LR3, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   847.491.3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy Special Events and Invited Talks

Category: Academic

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Description:

Despite the fact that no one had ever measured motions as small as 1/1000 of a nuclear radius or that there was certain evidence for gravitational radiation let alone hard knowledge of gravitational wave sources, in the 1970’s the NSF began to support a new program in gravitational wave astrophysics. The visionary responsible for this was Richard Isaacson then Program Director for Gravity at the NSF. The talk in part is about how he organized and guided the process to make LIGO a reality - in good measure it is about the history of LIGO.

 

Professor Rainer Weiss
Nobel Prize for physics, 2017
Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Keywords: Physcis, Astronomy, Heilborn

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