G. Milton Wing Lecture

Getting the Thunderstorm Right: Solving Einstein’s Equations with Numerical Relativity

Manuela Campanelli, RIT, Director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wegmans Hall, Room 1400

Numerical relativity simulations of binary black hole mergers played a crucial role in the calculations of the gravitational wave signals that were just observed by the advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors. In this talk, I will briefly review the history of simulation efforts to model these systems and provide an overview on the field of numerical relativity, including the development of key ideas that led to the 2005 computational breakthrough. I will also present some of the most recent progress and challenges in calculating gravitational radiation waveforms for interpreting gravitational wave observations.

Event contact: michael dot gage at rochester dot edu