Event
ORGANIZERS
Rajesh Gopakumar
DATE & TIME
13 February 2016
VENUE
Chandrasekhar Auditorium, ICTS, Bengaluru

The discovery of gravitational waves is a special moment for science. In celebration of this occasion and also to highlight the important contributions made by the Indian scientific community, ICTS-TIFR is organising a day event (10am-3pm) on Saturday, 13 Feb 2016 at its new campus in Hesaraghatta. This event titled "The Universe in a New Light" will consist of talks aimed at a general scientific audience, which will explain the origin of gravitational waves, how they were detected and what we are learning from their detection as well as the new directions that now open up. The speakers include Bala Iyer (Simons Visiting Professor at ICTS-TIFR and Chairperson, IndIGO consortium), C. V. Vishveshwara, P. Ajith (group leader in Astrophysical relativity, ICTS-TIFR), K.G. Arun (CMI), Tarun Souradeep (IUCAA, Pune; Spokesperson, Indigo consortium). They will convey how this discovery opens a completely new window into the universe entirely different from how we have seen the universe hitherto  - which has been only through electromagnetic waves (visible light, radio, X-ray etc.). There will also be an interaction with the press and an opportunity for them to talk with the various members of the scientific community present.

 

Schedule:

Time Speaker Topic
10:00-10:05 Rajesh Gopakumar
(Director, ICTS)
Welcome Speech [Video]
10:05-10:35 Parameswaran Ajith The discovery of gravitational waves [PDFVideo]
10:35-10:55 K. G. Arun The Indian contribution in the discovery [PDFVideo]
10:55-11:15 Bala Iyer LIGO-India: Towards gravitational-wave astronomy [PDFVideo]
11:15-11:45 -- Coffee/Tea
11:45-12:30 -- Press Meet [Video]
12:30-13:30 Sudarshan Ghonge, 
Chandra Kant Mishra,
Archisman Ghosh,
Abhirup Ghosh,
Nathan Johnson-McDaniel,
Arunava Mukherjee
Deciphering the discovery: Summary of the companion papers [PDFVideo]
13:30-14.30 -- Lunch
14:30-14:40 Tarun Souradeep LIGO-India readiness at the Discovery of Gravitational Waves 
14:40-15:00 C. V. Vishveshwara Reflections on the history of black holes and gravitational waves [Video]

 

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