October 03, 2016
Dr. McWilliams to Speak about Gravitational Waves
West Virginia Wesleyan College Physics Department will be hosting a public lecture during the Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting which will be held on October 14-15. "The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics" will be the topic Dr. Sean McWilliams from West Virginia University will deliver on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in Hyma Auditorium of the Christopher Hall of Science.
Dr. McWilliams is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and the research team that that detected the gravitational waves.
As a gravitational wave astronomer, numerical and analytical relativist, and data analyst, his research focuses mainly on understanding the dynamics of compact binaries, which are systems composed of any combination of black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs.
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The event is free and open to the public.