The Norwich Science Café provides an opportunity to enjoy approachable science themed talks in a relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying a drink. Talks are held at 7:30pm in the Maddermarket Theatre bar. The format of the evening is a 30-40 min talk followed by a refreshment break and questions/discussion. Talks are currently free and there is no need to book, just turn up.
At the forefront of observation astrophysics is the direct detection of gravitational waves. The recent discoveries by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration has not only shown a key piece of Einstein's general theory of relativity to be correct, but they have heralded the era of gravitational-wave astrophysics, opening an entirely new and exciting window to our Universe — one that cannot be observed with traditional telescopes. In this lecture, I will introduce gravitational waves, what creates them, how they are detected, and what we can learn from their observation. I will also discuss other ways in which we are working to detect gravitational waves that will allow us to investigate astrophysical phenomena in new ways. This includes the observations of pulsars — highly dense stellar remnants — in a Galactic-scale gravitational-wave detector.
7:30pm Maddermarket Theatre Bar