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This course covers the history of gravitational wave detection, beginning with the pioneering efforts of Joe Weber in the 1960s and the resulting controversy over his (now discounted) claims of successful detection in the 1970s. The history of the LIGO project, the fi rst to successfully detect gravitational waves, will be discussed in some detail, along with other projects such as VIRGO and GEO600 (European detectors) and LISA (proposed space-based detector). The successful detection of GW150914 and the science behind it will form the main topic of the second lecture, along with a discussion of more recent results and the likely future development of the field.
INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Kennefick
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