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Cafe Scientifique of Iowa City, IA is a meeting  where you can enjoy discussing and exploring the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology.

Cafe Scientifique of Iowa City will  be held at The Physics Building, 309 Van Allen Hall, in Iowa City.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  

Next Meeting:   November  16, 2017
5:30-6:30 PM
309 Van Allen Hall


 

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Professor Vincent Rodgers
  Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Iowa

LIGO

Abstract:  In October this year, the Nobel Assembly awarded one half of the Physics Nobel Prize to Rainer Weiss and the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for "decisive contributions to the LGIO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". In September of 2015, LIGO, the Laser Interferometer of Gravitational Wave Observatory, underwent significant upgrades and just a few days later validated Einstein's theory of general relativity by directly detecting gravitational radiation. This opened a new way astronomers and physicists can learn about what is in our universe. In fact, in August of this year, LIGO and several other instruments, Virgo, Fermi and Integral, were able to detect a binary neutron start merger. Please join us as we discuss the mathematics and experiments that contributed to these newest insights and the implications for future discoveries.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a Dept. of Physics and Astronomy program, please contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy in advance at 319-335-1688

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