First direct detections of gravitational waves were reported in the first half of 2016. These observations represented: i) a confirmation of a fundamental prediction of General Relativity dynamics, and ii) a demonstration of the existence of binaries of stellar-mass black holes capable of merging in a timescale shorter than the Universe's age. This talk will review the basic elements needed to frame the two statements above. The presentation will be structured around three questions: what is the nature of gravitational waves? what are their sources? how can they be detected?
Prof. J.L. Jaramillo
28/04/2017 - 12:30