WHEN BLACK HOLES COLLIDE
Dr Paul Groot| Professor of Astronomy | Radbout University, Netherlands
Following our highly successful hosting of Dr Natalie Batalha as the 2017 Beatrice Hill Tinsley speaker, we have been awarded hosting rights again and we have an even bigger and better venue this year.
The visiting presenter, Dr Paul Groot introduces his presentation as: ‘The direct detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO and Virgo laser interferometers has opened a completely new field in astrophysics.
The merger events of binary black holes and neutron stars have now been detected. After the current upgrades the LIGO/Virgo detectors will detect a gravitational wave signals at a likely rate of one per week. During the lecture I will give a short overview of the amazing results obtained so far and look ahead to the new possibilities for understanding black holes, neutron stars and the violent Universe.’