RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting - Cosmic Collisions observed with Advanced LIGO

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby Campus · Burnaby, BC

How to find us

We will be meeting in room SWH 10041 in Saywell Hall.

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Join us for our monthly lecture, 7:30pm Thursday, November 14. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus - Saywell Hall Room SWH 10041

Topic: Cosmic collisions observed with Advanced LIGO

It's an exciting time of rapid expansion in the field of gravitational-wave astronomy, as LIGO and Virgo are currently collecting signals from dozens of stellar remnant collisions. We'll explore the cosmic origins of the gravitational-wave signals registered in Advanced LIGO data and how we can infer what these signals are and where they came from in the sky. We'll discuss recent results from LIGO and Virgo and look at the roadmap to future gravitational wave detectors on Earth and in space.

Dr. Jess McIver earned her B.S. in physics and journalism from Syracuse University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in physics from UMass Amherst. She next joined the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech as a postdoctoral researcher, and was based at LIGO Livingston during the first detection of gravitational waves. Jess recently joined the faculty at UBC as an assistant professor this past July. She currently leads the LIGO Detector Characterization effort within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events