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SCISOC TALK - Black holes and revelations

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The first observation of gravitational waves in September 2015 was a huge achievement for science. Their discovery supported Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and has opened a new window to studying the cosmos. Using gravitational waves, we can study objects like black holes and gain insights into some of the most violent processes in the Universe. Dr Christopher Berry is a co-author on the paper announcing the first recording of gravitational waves, and will tell the story of their observation last year. He will discuss the discoveries we have made so far using gravitational-wave astronomy and what we can look forward to in the future.

Dr Christopher Berry is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is a theoretical astrophysicist primarily interested in gravity: how gravitational interactions can teach us about astrophysical systems, and how gravitational waves can improve our understanding of compact objects such as black holes that are difficult to observe by other means.

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