Gravitational Waves: The Sound of the Universe

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a unique evening with physicist and Zen practitioner Hartmut Grote who will present a lecture on gravitational waves, black holes and the sound of the universe.  All are invited on Wednesday December 13 at 7pm at Mountain Cloud for Hartmut’s presentation. No cost but dana appreciated.


Albert Einstein first considered the existence of gravitational waves in 1916. Subsequently, it took more than 40 years until their existence was widely agreed on by physicists. Yet another 60 years were required until gravitational waves finally could be measured – due to the work of hundreds  of scientists and engineers.

The first detection of gravitational waves on September 14th, 2015,
made events in the universe “audible” for the first time…

The energetic merging of two black holes, that happened more than
a billion years ago!

We will look at what gravitational waves are, how pioneers set out to try to measure them, and how kilometer-size laser interferometers can detect them today.

Besides the historically first measurement (awarded with the Nobel prize in Physics 2017 for the US-americans Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish), Hartmut will also report on a fascinating new measurement of colliding neutron stars, revealing that our very existence
hinges on gravitational waves (among other things!).


Hartmut Grote has a PhD in physics on advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors. He has done post-doctoral studies with the US-American Gravitational Wave Project (LIGO) at Caltech, CA, at the LIGO facility in Livingston, LA, and at the national astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Hartmut is the research-group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational physics in Hannover, Germany. Hartmut is also a dedicated Zen practitioner.



Featured image: Energy by Wilhei, Public Domain CC0 from Bio photo supplied by Hartmut Grote.
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