[ASC-list] Melbourne THURS 16th August 6:30pm presentation of 2018 ANZAAS Medal, then Free ANZAAS Science Talk, A/Prof Eric Thrane, Gravity Waves

David Vaux vaux at wehi.edu.au
Mon Aug 6 07:37:37 UTC 2018

Science Talk, MELBOURNE
All welcome, free, bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Thursday 16th August 2018, 6:30 pm

*** As part of National Science Week, before the talk, the 2018 ANZAAS Medal will be presented ***


Associate Professor Eric Thrane

ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Monash University

Black holes and merging neutron stars: frontiers in gravitational-wave astronomy

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”, ripples in fabric of spacetime caused by some of the most extreme events in the Universe. The discovery of gravitational waves from merging black holes will be remembered as a watershed moment in physics, offering dramatic confirmation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and opening a new window on the Universe. However, while black hole enthusiasts around the world celebrated this stunning achievement, gravitational-wave astronomers harboured a secret. A new source of gravitational waves had been detected, this time from a pair of ultra-dense neutron stars. Moreover, the merging neutron stars produced an electromagnetic glow, which would be recorded by dozens of telescopes around the world. The results, released in, 2017, sent the astronomical community into a frenzy. In this talk, I will describe the rapidly changing landscape of gravitational-wave astronomy from the perspective of a gravitational-wave astronomer.
A/Prof. Thrane graduated in physics from the University of Michigan, obtained a PhD at the University of Washington, and was a post-doc at the University of Minnesota and at CalTech. He is the Data Theme Leader for OzGrav: the ARC Centre for Gravitational-wave Discovery at Monash University, where he studies cosmology, astrophysics, and gravitational waves

Forthcoming talks:

Wed 19th Sept    Prof Frances Separovic University of Melbourne / Bio21

Wed 17th Oct    Prof David Thorburn Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Mitochondrial Donation


We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

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