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AEP Alum Mansi Kasliwal (B.S. ’05) Participates in Webinar with Fellow LIGO Scientists

Monday, February 22, 2016

Mansi Kasliwal

AEP Alum Mansi Kasliwal (B.S. ’05), is currently Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Caltech and is a contributor to the LIGO project, which, 100 years after Einstein’s prediction, has detected gravitational waves from colliding black holes. On Tuesday, February 23, Kasliwal will join a panel of fellow LIGO scientists to discuss the recent detection of the gravitational waves and what this discovery will mean for our ongoing understanding and exploration of our universe.

LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), the most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation, is managed jointly by Caltech and MIT. LIGO consists of two L-shaped interferometers with four-kilometer-long arms; at their ends hang mirrors whose motions are measured to within one-thousandth the diameter of a proton. On September 14, 2015, LIGO observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime. The signals came from two merging black holes, each about 30 times the mass of our sun, lying 1.3 billion light-years away.

Click here for a link to the webinar: Ripples in Spacetime: Our New Window on the Universe Webinar: Tuesday Feb 23, 8:00 PM (PST)

 

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