CSUF News Service
Physicists Present 'Einstein's Gravitational Waves'
Fullerton Public Library Town and Gown Talk May 13
May 5, 2014
"Einstein's Gravitational Waves — Recent and Future Discoveries" will be presented by Cal State Fullerton physics faculty members Geoffrey Lovelace, Jocelyn Read and Joshua Smith Tuesday, May 13, as part of the Fullerton Public Library's Town and Gown Lecture Series.
At the free 7 p.m. presentation, the physicists will discuss the emerging field of gravitational-wave astronomy and their work to detect gravitational waves as part of a global research effort led by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Collaboration, known as LIGO.
The trio also will talk about the recent discovery by a team of scientists using a telescope at the South Pole. "This discovery affects our work by increasing the excitement about gravitational waves, and helping to open a new window on the universe," explained Smith, assistant professor of physics and director of CSUF's Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center.
"It's another strong confirmation of Einstein's theory of gravity, and evidence for the early rapid expansion of the universe, called inflation. These measurements are echoes of the early universe, while our measurements will be signals from stars and black holes in our nearby universe. The sources are very different, but the medium — ripples in space-time — is the same."
The May 13 presentation will be held in the Community Room of the library, located at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 92832.