This webinar (in English) from Studium Generale Maastricht will cover how the observation of gravitational waves with LIGO and Virgo has changed our view on the Universe so far and what new discoveries we can expect to achieve with the Einstein Telescope. Speaker is Stefan Hild (Maastricht University).
In 2015 the discovery of gravitational waves in, emitted more than a billion years ago by a merging pair of black holes, has opened up a completely new window to observe the Universe. While currently existing gravitational wave detectors, LIGO in the US and Virgo in Europe, are continuing to collect and catalog the first few dozens of gravitational wave signals, plans are being developed for a completely new class of gravitational wave observatories. The Einstein Telescope (ET) is spearheading these efforts and the border region between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany is being considered as a possible location.
Stefan Hild previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), the University of Birmingham and the University of Glasgow. He is the project leader of the ETpathfinder project and has contributed many ideas and designs to the Einstein Telescope. Hild has been active in gravitational wave research for the past 20 years and he has been part of the international team which discovered gravitational waves from two colliding black holes in 2015.