January 8, 2015, 7:30 pm, Bicentennial House
“New Windows on the Universe”
Brian Christy, Ph.D.
Franklin & Marshall College
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy & Physics
Dr. Christy will talk about two exciting projects in astronomy including: (1) NANOGrav, which hopes to “hear” the universe by detecting and studying gravitational waves — tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time (this is Dr. Christy’s current research with Dr. Lommen at F&M), and (2) IceCube, which is a particle detector located at the South Pole which searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources – events like exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. Dr. Christy worked on the IceCube project as a graduate student. This lecture promises to be exciting and he promises lots of pictures from his IceCube experience!