A hundred years ago, Einstein realized that his General Theory of Relativity implies that gravity propagates like light. These gravitational waves are minute disturbances that can arise from distant but violent events, such as collisions of black holes or the steady hum of a spinning neutron star. The nature of these tiny ripples will be described, along with what their detection could tell us about the exotic objects that emit them.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Building) in the U-M Church Street parking structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services. For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series click here or call 734.764.4437.