Feature Talk from IOP East Midlands: Gravitational waves - what we have learned and what's coming next
A Feature Physics Talk by Professor Sheila Rowan CBE, FRS, FRSE, FInstP
There will be a British Sign Language Interpreter at this event
Institute of Physics’ President, Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Gravitational Research, has made sustained, innovative and key contributions towards the discovery of gravitational radiation over the last three decades. Join Professor Rowan and IOP’s East Midlands branch for a Feature Physics talk on her work, and that of her colleagues, collectively devising and implementing a range of refinements in precision laser interferometers, contributing to a significant improvement in the sensitivity of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and other detectors and contributing to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of this century: the first detection of gravitational waves, announced in February 2016.
About Professor Sheila Rowan
While working between Glasgow and Stanford Universities Professor Rowan’s work has contributed to a significant improvement in the sensitivity of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and other detectors. This has been in part due to a new method of suspending the detector mirrors – using fused silica fibres – developed by Sheila and colleagues and implemented first in the GEO 600 detector and then for use in the Advanced LIGO by a consortium of UK groups working with US colleagues, led by her team at the University of Glasgow.
Image credit: LIGO/T.Pyle