Berliner Physikalisches Kolloquium | 100 Jahre Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie

Hunting for the elusive waves created by black holes and neutron stars

Th, 14.01.2016 18:30  –   Th, 14.01.2016 19:30
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut), Potsdam-Golm
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung
Contact person:
Andreas Böttcher,
DPG Association:
Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin e. V., Regionalverband Berlin/Brandenburg der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft e. V. (PGzB)  


Moderation: Jan Plefka (HU Berlin)

Berliner Physikalisches Kolloquium
100 Jahre Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie
im Magnus-Haus, Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin
Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin e.V. (PGzB),
der Freien Universität Berlin (FUB), der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB),
der Technischen Universität Berlin (TUB) und der Universität Potsdam (UP),
gefördert durch die Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung

In the next five years ground-based interferometers, such as advanced LIGO and Virgo, are likely to provide the first direct detections of gravitational waves. This will constitute a major scientific discovery, as it will permit a new kind of observation of the cosmos, quite different from today's electromagnetic and particle observations. Detecting and interpreting gravitational waves require deep theoretical insights into astronomical sources. In this talk, I will examine advances and future challenges in understanding the dynamics and gravitational-wave emission from compact-object binary systems. I will review the remarkable progress over the last few decades at developing accurate waveform models, so that we can take full advantage of the discovery potential of the detectors, and discuss which astrophysical and fundamental physics information we can extract from gravitational waves emitted by coalescing binary systems composed of black holes and/or neutron stars.