The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Lecture by Professor Alberto Vecchio

Date and time

9 Mar 2016 17:00


Pichette Auditorium - Pembroke College, OX1 1DW

Pembroke is delighted to welcome Alberto Vecchio, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, to the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke on Wednesday 9th March.

Professor Vecchio will be giving a talk entitled The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger.

On September 14th 2015, the two instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed a gravitational wave transient that has been associated with the coalescence of a binary black hole. Professor Vecchio will describe the history of the discovery, the exquisite technology that has enabled this detection and the physical properties that have been inferred about the source.

After studying theoretical physics as an undergraduate (Laurea) at Collegio Ghislieri and the Universita' di Pavia, Professor Vecchio obtained a Ph.D. in astronomy from the Universita' di Milano in 1996. He held post-doctoral positions at Cardiff University and the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik in Potsdam, before joining the University of Birmingham in 2001. During the academic year 2006/07 he was visiting professor at Northwestern University in the USA.

Professor Vecchio's research activities are mainly focused on gravitational-wave science with ground-based laser interferometers (LIGO, GEO 600 and Virgo), Pulsar Timing Arrays and (future) space based interferometers (LISA).

Alberto Vecchio is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the GEO Collaboration and the European and International Pulsar Timing Array collaborations. Within the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration, he currently leads the Compact Binary Coalescences Parameter Estimation Group.

Professor Vecchio’s talk will begin at 5pm and will be followed by a short Q&A.

Spaces are limited, so please register for a place on our Eventbrite page.

Prof. Alberto Vecchio