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Physics Colloquium Series: Professor Alan Wiseman
(Physics Lecture Series) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Physics Department
“Detecting Gravitational Waves: From Euclid to Newton to Einstein to Stockholm”
Professor Wiseman’s research is in the area of general relativity and gravitation with a special emphasis in gravitational-wave generation and detection. He has published a number of papers involving computations of the expected gravitational-wave signals from inspiraling binary star systems using post-Newtonian theory. He also works in the area of black hole perturbation theory and the radiation reaction problem in curved space time.
Detecting gravitational waves was the ultimate confirmation that gravity is a manifestation of curved space and time. Dr. Wiseman will take a historical perspective about our understanding of gravity and show the links from antiquity all the way to Einstein’s prediction that gravitational waves are real. He will also touch on a few — but only a few — of the mathematical technicalities of detecting these illusive waves.