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Listening to the Universe – LISA Pathfinder and LISA

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The opening up of the gravitational wave window is now enabling us to ‘listen’ to the vibrations in the space-time continuum caused by movements of mass. This novel information channel gives access to hitherto completely unseen events within the Universe and, when combined with electromagnetic observations, adds greatly to the understanding of others. The prospect of being able to ‘listen’ from a space-borne platform, such as LISA , will extend the gravitational wave spectrum into a particularly rich frequency range.

The route to LISA , via LISA Pathfinder, will be discussed, together with a summary of the rich low-frequency gravitational wave spectrum.

Tickets are £2 or free for members. Annual membership (£7) and life membership (£12) can also be purchased at the event – please bring cash.

The talk will be followed by refreshments outside the lecture theatre.

The talk will be at the usual location of Wolfson lecture theatre in the Department of Chemistry. The entrance is the opposite side of the building to Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture theatre and is opposite the car park- shown by the red arrow on the map. https://map.cam.ac.uk/Department+of+Chemistry#52.197964,0.125242,18

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society (CUAS) series.

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