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Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Department of Physics
University of Minnesota Duluth

 "Searching for Ripples 
in Spacetime"

Dr. Eric West,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Minnesota Duluth

Thursday, September 10, 2015
MWAH 195

Abstract: Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime produced by violent events throughout the universe. After more than 50 years of searching, humans have yet to observe them. But there is good reason to believe that this is about to change. And when it does, a new branch of astronomy will be born. In this talk for physics majors I will explain what gravitational waves are, how we hope to observe them in the near future, and what we hope to learn from them. I will also sketch some ways in which undergraduates might become involved in this exciting area of research.


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