Multimessenger astronomy and cosmology with the Einstein Telescope

Speaker: 
Martin Hendry (University of Glasgow)
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2011-10-31 16:00 - 17:15
Location: 
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Jaymie Matthews
Intended Audience: 
Graduate
The nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy is entering an exciting phase, with construction of the Advanced LIGO laser interferometers in the US currently well under way. Within the next few years these instruments will begin operation, forming part of a global "2nd generation" detector network which is expected to make the first direct detections of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. Moreover, plans are already developing for what will lie beyond the advanced detectors. The Einstein Telescope is a proposed "3rd generation" gravitational-wave observatory, planned for next decade, which will be up to 100 times more sensitive than current detectors. A recently completed EU design study mapped out the science goals of the Einstein Telescope and the technology required to achieve them. In this talk, after a general introduction to the history and current status of the gravitational wave field, I will provide a broad review of the Einstein Telescope science case, with a particular focus on the opportunities it will present for "Multimessenger" astronomy and cosmology - where one combines gravitational wave data with observations across the electromagnetic spectrum.
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