<b>HEP - Astro Seminar</b><br>Listening with Ears Wide Open for Gravitational Wave Bursts<br><b>Speaker: Peter Shawhan (University of Maryland)</b></br>
Monday, March 12, 2012
335 West Hall
Speaker: Peter Shawhan (University of Maryland)The successful operation of the LIGO, GEO600 and Virgo detectors has not yet been rewarded with the detection of a gravitational-wave signal. Nevertheless, analysis of the data is already providing some constraints on the population and characteristics of sources. Searches for gravitational wave "bursts"--transient signals with arbitrary waveform--are capable of detecting the widest range of possible signals. I will present and interpret some recent search results, including multi-messenger searches for astrophysical events. I will also share the latest news about building the Advanced Detectors network.