A series of expository lectures offered to a broader audience than that of a seminar; audience members are not expected to have detailed specialist knowledge of the subject matter.
Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017
From September 12 2015 to January 19 2016, the first observational run of the Advanced LIGO detectors saw the first detections of gravitational waves from binary black holes. In this talk, I will first discuss how to infer and characterise the fundamental properties of the black hole systems. I will then present the tests of general relativity and the implications for astrophysics that are made possible from these measurements. With these gravitational wave detections in hand, I conclude with the unprecedented opportunities and challenges that are opening up in strong-field gravity astrophysics during the next decade.