The New Era of Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics, May 13, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
The detection of binary black hole mergers by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has initiated the era of gravitational-wave astronomy. These events are driving a revolution in our understanding of the warped side of the universe and in the life and death of massive stars. The sensitivity of the Advanced LIGO detectors continue to improve and the Virgo detector will soon be making joint observations with LIGO. Beyond the ground-based network of detectors, Pulsar Timing Arrays (PTAs) are searching for very low-frequency waves from massive black holes, and the recent success of the LISA pathfinder mission shows great promise for the development of LISA and the opening of the milihertz frequency window.