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Harald Pfeiffer (AEI Golm)

Gravitational waves from the second observing run of LIGO and Virgo
When Dec 07, 2017 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
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  • Colloquium
Where SH Lecture Hall
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The Advanced LIGO gravitational wave detectors performed their second observing run between November 2016 and August 2017. During the last month of observations, the Virgo gravitational wave detector joined observations, delivering greatly enhanced sky-localisation of the resulting three-detector network. While data-analysis is still ongoing, three binary black hole coalescences have already been announced, as well as a spectacular coalescence of two neutron stars observed both in gravitational waves and the entire electromagnetic spectrum. This talk gives an overview of these observations, and their implications for astrophysics and fundamental physics.