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The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger

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On September 14, 2015 the two instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed a gravitational wave transient that has been associated to the coalescence of a binary black hole. I will describe the history of the discovery, the physical properties that we have inferred about the source and the implications for our understanding of the underlying astrophysical population.

This talk is part of the Institute of Astronomy Colloquia series.

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