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Technology for the LIGO - Gravitation Wave Detectors


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Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime that propagate as waves at the speed of light, generated in certain gravitational interactions that propagate outward from their source.

Date and Time

03 October 2017 - 18:00-20:00


Glasgow, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the UK - Scotland:South West and UK - Scotland:South West local networks. Contact Stuart Haig, stuarthaig@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Close to 100 years after the prediction by Einstein of the existence of gravitational waves, the advanced detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) recently detected these tiny “ripples in space-time” for the first time. 

In this seminar Professor Sheila Rowan will explain the nature of gravitational waves, describe what in the Universe can produce them, and explain the scientific and engineering technologies employed in their detection - enabling a new era in astronomy – and what lies ahead.

Professor Sheila Rowan is a Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow & Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government. Sheila’s recent work formed part of the upgrades forming the Advanced LIGO observatories, carried out between 2010 and 2015, contributing to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of this century: the first detection of gravitational waves announced in February 2016 by the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations. She and the members of her team in Glasgow have shared in a set of international awards to the LIGO and Virgo collaborations including the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in fundamental Physics.  


18:00  Door Open: Registration and refreshments served in the Laphroaig Lounge
18:30  Seminar begins in Laphroaig Theatre
19:15  Q&A
19:45  Event ends

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Additional information

This is a joint event in collaboration with the IET, IESIS and WES.

Registration information

Registration is open to IET, IESIS and WES members, and all those interested.

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