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Colloquium: May 04, 2016

M. Ali Alpar*
The Detection of Gravitational Waves: Ripples in Space-time
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May 04, 2016 Wednesday 15:40 EE 01

Host: O. Gülseren

ABSTRACT — On September 14, 2015, LIGO detected Gravitational Waves from a merging binary of two ~30 solar mass black holes using fantastic precision physics and technology in the detecting interferometer. What was looked for and found, in a historical and conceptual framework? What does the signal tell us about fundamental physics, about the source, and about astrophysics? This will be a colloquial discussion, based on the first published papers.

Prof. Dr. M. Ali Alpar M. Ali Alpar Education: BS: METU Physics 1972, PhD: University of Cambridge, 1977 Professional Experience: Bogaziçi University, Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, TÜBITAK Research Institute for Basic Sciences, METU, Sabancı University. Achievements and Awards: TÜBA Council and TÜBITAK Science Board (1993-1997), Initiative Editorial Board member of TÜBITAK Popular Science Books, TÜBITAK Young Scientist Encouragement Award 1986, Sedat Simavi Award 1988,TÜBITAK TWAS Science Award 1992, METU (1994) and Sabancı University (2003) best teaching award decided by graduating class, Sabancı University- Foundations Development Director (in charge of curriculum, 2004-2010), EU 6th Framework Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Project Coordinator: “Astrophysics of Neutron Stars” (2006-2010),Turkish Astronomical Society -President (1992-1994) and (2006-2012), TÜBA Member of the Council 1993-1997; Member 1993-2011 (resignation), Bilim Akademisi – The Science Academy, Turkey – Founding member, President (25 Nov 2011- ). Membership: International Astronomical Union, European Astronomical Society,mAcademia Europaea, American Philosophical Society. Research Interests: Neutron stars, pulsars.

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