Probing the Warped Side of our Universe with Gravitational Waves and Computer Simulations

Speaker: 
Kip Thorne, Cal. Tech.
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-04-14 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Mark Halpern


A half century ago, John Wheeler challenged his students and colleagues to explore Geometrodynamics: the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime. They tried, and failed. Success eluded the relativity community until two new tools became available: computer simulations, and gravitational-wave observations. Thorne will describe what these have taught us, beginning with Choptuik’s critical collapse simulations in the 1990s, and concluding with LIGO’s recent observations of colliding black holes; and he will offer a vision for the future of Geometrodynamics.

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