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The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy




for Members

The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM EDT


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


With the first direct observation of gravitational waves announced in February 2016, astrophysics has entered a new era. This webinar will feature experimental and theoretical developments in gravitational wave studies from the early days of this new era and new insights from these studies.

In This Webinar, You’ll Learn

  • How gravitational waves are generated and detected.
  • What other types of signals are emitted by the events that generate gravitational waves.
  • What information we can extract by analyzing gravitational waves and their electromagnetic counterparts.
  • New theoretical models to explain events that generate gravitational waves, such as the merger of two black holes or neutron stars.
Andrew Levan

Andrew Levan, PhD
Radboud University

Andrew Levan’s present research interests focus on the electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. He led a major collaborative effort around the discovery and characterization of the first such event in August 2017. He also maintains strong research interests in gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, and seeks to understand the pathways that create these events and to deploy them as probes of the universe. Andrew is currently Professor of Astrophysics at Radboud University, the Netherlands. He received his master and doctorate degrees from the University of Leicester, UK. Before 2019, he was a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Warwick, UK.

Brian Metzger

Brian D. Metzger, PhD
Columbia University

Brian D. Metzger is an associate professor at Columbia University in the Department of Physics. His research covers a wide range of topics in theoretical high energy astrophysics, mostly related to compact objects, nucleosynthesis (astrophysical origin of the elements), and the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources. The theoretical models he developed successfully explained the electromagnetic light which accompanied the first detection in 2017 of gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars.  Dr. Metzger earned his BS from the University of Iowa and his PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Access to Webinar Materials

A link to the eBriefing (video recording) of this Webinar will be available to all registrants within 30 days of the event date.  The eBriefing will be available to all registrants for 60 days following publication, after which it will revert to Member-only access. Not a Member? Join today.