Dr. Emanuele Berti
A New Dawn: Gravitational-wave Observations from Earth and in Space
Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
The observation of gravitational waves by the LIGO/Virgo marked the dawn of a new era in astronomy. The planned space-based detector LISA will further this vision by opening a new observational window into our universe. The gravitational radiation emitted by objects encode important information about their formation mechanism. Explore how Earth- and space-based detectors will advance our understanding of the formation and evolution of numerous astronomical objects. Look at potential “smoking guns” of new physics in gravitational-wave detectors, and the theoretical and observational challenges associated with their search.
Dr. Emanuele Berti is a theoretical physicist who specializes in gravitational physics and gravitational-wave astronomy. His interests include black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational-waves. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and held postdoctoral positions at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, and JPL/Caltech. He currently is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member of NASA’s U.S. LISA Study Team.
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