Physics Colloquium Series
- Friday, February 27, 2015 from 4:10pm to 5:00pm
- Barnard Hall - view map
The era of extreme gravity astrophysics is at our doorstep thanks to new electromagnetic and gravitational observations. Gravitational waves produced by inspiraling compact binaries are expected to be detected within the next few years, either by ground based interferometers or pulsar timing arrays. X-ray images of the shadow cast by the accretion disk of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, will also soon be resolved by the Event Horizon Telescope. The size and shape of neutron stars will finally be inferred from x-ray observations of hot-spots on the surface of isolated neutron stars with NASA's NICER. Now is thus the perfect time for the astrophysics and gravity groups at MSU to combine forces and establish the Extreme Gravity Institute. In this talk, I will describe the institute, its research and educational plans, and its long-term goals.
- Sarah Barutha