Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January Science Cafe

Hi everyone,
We are returning in the winter/spring of 2012 with talks from January thru May. To lead off, we are excited to present a talk by Dr. Sukanta Bose, who is visiting us from Washington State University. The talk will be this coming Tuesday, January 24, 7pm at the Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble:

Gravitational Wave Astronomy: The Next Generation
Dr. Sukanta Bose (Washington State University)

The coming years are expected to yield the first direct detections of gravitational wave (GW) signals and plant the first steps in an entirely new branch of astronomy. Plans are already underway for the followup advances in detector technology (third generation, or "3G"), and we are already envisaging the maximal GW science potential that may be realizable with an earth-based detector within a decade. These detectors will probe the dark energy seemingly making up most of the universe's mass, independent of any other type of observations, explore the properties of the black holes thought to lie at the centers of all galaxies, and peer inside neutron stars where no current telescope can see, and we will describe all these potential results and many more.