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HEP-ASTRO SEMINAR | Listening with Ears Wide Open for Gravitational Wave Bursts, Speaker: Peter Shawhan (University of Maryland)

Monday, March 12, 2012
12:00 AM
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.