Exploring the dark Universe with gravitational waves


  • Michele Vallisneri Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, USA


More than a century after Einstein formulated his theory of gravitation, general relativity remains at the center of our understanding of the Universe. LIGO-Virgo's detection of gravitational radiation from coalescing binaries of stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars opens a new observational portal to previously inaccessible astrophysics and fundamental physics. The planned space mission LISA will extend our reach to the massive black hole at the centers of galaxies, while efforts to detect gravitational waves using arrays of millisecond pulsars are on the verge of revealing nanohertz radiation from even heavier black holes.

About the Speaker

Michele Vallisneri, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, USA

Michele Vallisneri is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a visiting faculty in physics at Caltech, where he obtained his PhD in 2002 under Prof. Kip Thorne. His research spans all current efforts to detect gravitational waves, including the ground-based observatory LIGO, the planned space mission LISA, and the pulsar-timing-array consortium NANOGrav. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.



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How to Cite

M Vallisneri, Exploring the dark Universe with gravitational waves, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 39, SPP-2021-INV-2D-03 (2021). URL: https://proceedings.spp-online.org/article/view/SPP-2021-INV-2D-03.