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OCA General Meeting
Friday December 14th 2018, 7:30 PM
Chapman University
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Astrophysics learning from the detection of Gravitational Waves

  • We often said that the detection of gravitational waves would open a new window on the Universe.
  • Well, it was more surprising than expected.
  • I will illustrate the latest events found in the data, give you a glimpse of the strange things that we see through that window, and attempt an early summary of some astrophysical implications.
Documents with indepth information about the topic from the Erice School Of Nuclear Physics can be downloaded below.

Documnet 1 (~33MB)
Documnet 1 (~24MB)
Documnet 1 (~46MB)

Riccardo DeSalvo

A lifetime instrument maker, starting from the laser of his thesis in Pisa, then for 15 years in High Energy Physics (CERN and Cornell Lab for Nuclear Studies), finally 25 years on Gravitational Waves, on mechanical design of GW detectors (Virgo, TAMA, KAGRA and parts of LIGO), initially on seismic isolation, then on dissipation mechanisms and thermal noise in dielectric coating mirrors, the limiting factor of GW detection. Presently make a living developing sensors for FB, and work on coatings and GW developments as a personal hobby, with 3-4 students.


"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler from OCA

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