Location: Faculty Hall
Applied Photonics Initiative (API)
Invites you to a lecture on:
Speaker: Parameswaran Ajith (Member of The LIGO Discovery Team)
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
Day and Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Faculty Hall, IISc
Abstract: One of the most striking discoveries of recent times is that of gravitational waves. The existence of these elusive ripples in the spacetime was predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago. At times, even Einstein doubted the existence of gravitational waves in nature and never imagined that they would ever be detected. The recent discovery opens up a new branch of observational astronomy that is unique in several senses. This lecture will tell the exciting story of this discovery, what went behind, and what lies ahead.
Bio sketch: Parameswaran Ajith is Associate Professor at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore where he leads the Astrophysical Relativity group. His research spans various aspects of gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including theoretical modelling of astrophysical sources, gravitational-wave data analysis and observational tests of general relativity. He has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2004. Ajith is a Ramanujan Fellow, a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar and the head of the Max Planck Partner Group on Astrophysical Relativity at ICTS. As a member of the LIGO discovery team, he is the recipient of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Gruber Cosmology Prize.
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Supported by IEEE Photonics Society IISc Chapter, SPIE IISc Chapter, OSA IISc Chapter