Einstein, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves – Public conference by Dr Barry Barish

Barry Clark Barish, emeritus professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), became Principal Investigator of the Gravitational Wave Observatory by Laser Interferometry (LIGO) in 1994 and its director from 1997 for several years. He led the effort to approve funding for LIGO by NSF in 1994, the construction and commissioning of LIGO interferometers in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA in 1997. He thus played a leading role in LIGO and Advanced LIGO. He also created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which now has more than 1,000 employees worldwide and has been one of the main instigators of the LIGO merger with the European gravitationnal waves antenna Virgo.

The first detection of the fusion of two black holes of solar mass took place on September 14, 2015. This represents the first direct detection of the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein in 1916 and the first observation of the fusion of a pair of black holes. Barish made the first presentation on this discovery to a scientific audience at CERN on February 11, 2016, along with the public announcement.


Conference in English.

Registration is free but mandatory : https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/15040/overview

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Amphi A – Campus Censier
13 rue Santeuil 75005 Paris