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Bernard Schutz seminars and public talk at CFP

Professor Bernard Schutz, director of the Astrophysical Relativity group of the Albert Einstein Institute, will visit CFP from 24 to 26 February 2010. He will present two seminars and one public talk on gravitational waves.

Professor Schutz is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for gravitational physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Berlin. He is the author of various university texts on General Relativity and Differential Geometry and one of the leading scientists of the GEO 600 gravitational waves detector. He is also known to be an enthusiastic and stimulating public speaker.

Professor Schutz will be visiting CFP for 3 days (24-26 February 2010) and deliver two seminars and one public talk. The two seminars (24 and 26 February) will make a status report on our knowledge of the gravitational interaction, as described by general relativity, with emphasis on gravitational waves, which is the main topic of Prof. Schutz's research. This will also be the theme of a multi-media public lecture, with a film running alongside Prof. Schutz talking, incorporating simulations, animations, images, and importantly the "sounds" of gravitational waves, ie the waveforms we expect converted into sounds and shifted in frequency where necessary to make them audible. This public lecture (25 February) lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. It is suitable for anyone interested in science and astronomy, not just the university community, and will certainly be memorable.

Detailed programme:

Wednesday, 24 February, 17H30
Gravitation: an overview

Thursday, 25 February, 17H30
Public lecture
Gravitational waves: the real music of the spheres

Friday, 26 February, 14H30
Gravitational wave detection: from LIGO to LISA

All talks will be in room FG-120, in the Physics and Astronomy Department.