Visiting Professor Series Whispers from the Cosmos: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Astronomers around the world were thrilled August 17 to observe, for the first time, colliding neutron stars in gravitational waves. These waves are ripples in spacetime that carry information not in the form of light or particles, but in the form of gravity itself. Shane Larson returns to the library to explore what we are learning from gravitational waves and why the latest observations are game-changing. Dr. Larson is a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is the associate director of CIERA, the university’s astrophysics center. He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy.