13-17 June 2016
Niigata University (Ikarashi Campus)
Asia/Tokyo timezone

Detection of Gravitational Waves and Astrophysics with Gravitational Waves

13 Jun 2016, 09:00
1h 30m
Library Hall, Central Library (Niigata University (Ikarashi Campus))

Library Hall, Central Library

Niigata University (Ikarashi Campus)

Central Library, Niigata University (Ikarashi Campus), 8050 Ikarashi 2-nocho, Nishi-ku Niigata City, 950-2181, Japan
Invited Lecture Oohara


Prof. Ken-ichi Oohara (Niigata University)


The gravitational-wave signal GW150914 from merging black holes was observed on 14 September 2015 by the Advanced LIGO. It is not only the first detection of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein just a century ago, but also the first observational evidence for the existence of binary black holes and relatively heavy, stellar-mass black holes larger than 25 solar masses. It has also inaugurated a new era of gravitational-wave astrophysics. I will explain what is gravitational waves and how we observe them. The gravitational-wave signals from various types of astronomical sources are generally buried in the noise of the detector and thus various tools of data analysis are indispensable to extract the signal from the noise. I will describe gravitational-wave data analysis. Finally, collaboration of multiple detectors is essential to realize gravitational-wave astrophysics. I will thus introduce the Japanese project KAGRA. Welcome to the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics.

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Prof. Ken-ichi Oohara (Niigata University)

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