LIGO Document G2201974-v1

Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics: A Little Bit of Everything

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A presentation for the University of Texas Physics Department Colloquium

Starting with the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, gravitational-wave astrophysics has produced some amazing insights into the high energy universe. Thanks to recent advances in detector design and development, gravitational waves have become a well-established tool for observing some of the most cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

This talk will cover many of the wide-ranging elements that comprise gravitational-wave science, ranging from the fundamentals of gravitational waves and what they have revealed about the universe to the exquisitely sensitive detectors that have been built to search for them. Time permitting, we'll take a look at the future generation of gravitational-wave observatories being planned for the next decade.

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