Physics and Astronomy
Department Chair:
Yumi Ijiri

Administrative Assistant:
Diane Doman

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8330
Fax: (440) 775-6379

Wright Laboratory of Physics
110 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series

Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series



25 (Thursday) 4:35 pm

Speaker:  Dan Stinebring, Francis D. Federighi Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College
Title:  Detecting Gravitational Waves from Supermassive Black Hole Binaries
Abstract:  Gravitational waves (GW) have never been directly detected, and the ability to do so will revolutionize astrophysics.  In particular, we will be able to directly observe GW radiation from some of the most extreme events in the universe.  Astronomers worldwide are involved in an effort to directly detect GWs using millisecond pulsars located throughout our Galaxy.  I will review the basic principles of operation and the status of this effort.  Our contribution at Oberlin focuses on correcting the pulsar signal for its passage through non-empty interstellar space.  I will highlight some of our recent results, including work done with the Dutch LOFAR telescope this past year.
Location:  Wright 201

Department of Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series speakers from past years.