Gravitational waves travel the Universe. In 1915, Albert Einstein developed the General Theory of Relativity unifying space, time and gravitation into a curved spacetime. It is gravitation that `curves' the world. We will explore what happens when a gravitational wave packet passes. The Universe even `remembers' the passage of such a wave train. The latter is like a footprint left in the spacetime. There are experiments going on and planned for the future that aim at detecting these gravitational waves, which are predicted by the General Theory of Relativity.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street parking structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.
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