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Gravitational Wave Detection with Advanced LIGO

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 4:15pm
Spilker 232

Professor Matthew Evans

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) recently made the first direct detection of gravitational waves; minute distortions in space-time caused by cataclysmic events far away in the universe.  I will talk about the source of the signal we detected, the physics behind the detectors, and prospects for the future of this emerging field.




Professor Evans received his B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1996 and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 2002. He continue­­­d his work on LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, in his post-doctoral work started at Caltech, then moved to the European Gravitational Observatory to work on the Virgo project. In 2006 he took a position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a research scientist working on the Advanced LIGO project, and moved to his current position at MIT in January 2013. His graduate and post-doctoral work has involved many aspects of ground-based gravitational wave instrument science, with special focus on modeling and control of kilometer-scale resonant interferometers.



This talk is sponsored by the Department of Applied Physics and by Ginzton Laboratory