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Clifford Martin Will
Distinguished Professor of Physics

University of Florida

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The Search for Gravity Waves
Audience: High School
Description: In 2015 a new form of astronomy began, called ``gravitational-wave astronomy''. General relativity predicts that moving matter produces gravitational radiation, and that the most intense sources of waves will be cosmic cataclysms such as the collapse of stars, or the collisions of black holes. In this lecture, we describe the nature and properties of gravitational waves, and the network of gravitational wave observatories that have recently detected these waves. Gravitational waves provide a remarkable new tool for ``listening'' to Einstein's cosmic symphony.

Subject Areas: Physical Sciences
Keywords: black holes
Einstein
gravity waves
relativity
Duration: 1 hour or less
Fee: Expenses Only

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