ANZAAS Science Talk, by Zoom

Wednesday 16th November 2022, 6:30 pm AEDT

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Associate Professor Paul Lasky

School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University

“A new window on the Universe”

More than a billion years ago, two black holes collided. Each was about thirty times more massive than our Sun, and the merger sent out ripples of gravity that travelled across the Universe at the speed of light. In 2015, these ripples of gravity, known as gravitational waves, were detected by the most precise physics experiment ever built. This Nobel prize winning discovery has opened a new window on the Universe, enabling us to study gravity and matter in the most extreme regions of the Universe. I will tell the story of the exciting discovery, as well as the 100 merging black hole and neutron star systems we’ve observed since.

A/Prof Lasky is an ARC Future Fellow and winner of the 2018 Australian Academy of Science’s Pawsey Medal. He is a gravitational astrophysicist with broad interests and expertise across theory, data, and observations, and is an active contributor to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that, in 2015, made the first discovery of gravitational waves. His group has designed and built the software that LIGO uses to determine the astrophysical properties of detected gravitational-wave events. A/Prof Lasky is a key player in the Australian plans to develop a dedicated kilohertz gravitational -wave detector targeting extreme matter.

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