Gravitational waves are one of the most remarkable predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Einstein’s theory predicted that a pair of black holes orbiting around each other create ripples in the fabric of spacetime. Traveling throughout the universe at the speed of light, these gravitational waves tell us about the nature of black holes and contain clues about how they were formed.
Today, researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences are using the legacy of Einstein to answer some of the biggest questions in the universe: How do stars live and die? How does the universe make elements like gold and platinum? How does gravity work? In celebration of the College’s sesquicentennial, join Duncan Brown, Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics, current graduate student Amber Lenon ’16, and Laurel White ’21 to learn more about their research in the field of gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics, and how their research is reframing and answering fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the universe.
This event was published on March 29, 2021.