[Triumf-seminars] TRIUMF Seminar today at 14:00

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Date/Time: Thu 2007-11-22 at 14:00

Location:  Auditorium          

Speaker:   Michael Landry (LIGO Hanford Observatory/Caltech)

Title:     Towards Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Abstract: These are exciting times in the search for gravitational waves.  The  LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) has recently completed their most sensitive observation run to date. The next decade will see the construction and commissioning of Advanced LIGO, and quite possibly the launch of the space-based LISA mission, ensuring the start of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy. 

While preparing for Advanced LIGO, the observatories in Hanford WA and Livingston LA are about to embark on enhancements in 2008 and early 2009, improving their sensitivity to binary neutron star coalescences from 15 MPc to 30 Mpc.  While the improvements are taking place, LIGO and GEO600 (a British-German project) will run an Astrowatch program acting in sentinel mode, awaiting a galactic supernova or bright gamma-ray burst event which may include burst signatures of  gravitational waves. 

In this talk, we review some preliminary astrophysical results from the S5 run and discuss these future experiments, any one of which  could herald detection and transition the field from one of searches to full-fledged gravitational wave astronomy.

Stimulants available 15 minutes before the talk.

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