ESO Garching Science Colloquia and Seminars 2010

December

16.12.10 (Thursday)
16:15, ESO Auditorium, Munich Joint Astronomy Colloquium
"The Search for Gravitational Waves"
Giovanni Losurdo (INFN - Sezione di Firenze)
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"The Search for Gravitational Waves"
Giovanni Losurdo (INFN - Sezione di Firenze)

Abstract The km-scale interferometric detectors of gravitational waves LIGO and Virgo have demonstrated the target sensitivity and have realized a world wide network of detectors. The data collected so far have allowed to put upper limits on several sources, but no detection has been done so far.
The projects to upgrade LIGO and Virgo to second generation interferometers, capable of increasing the detection rate by a factor ~1000 have been funded recently. The construction of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo has started. The upgraded detectors are expected to start again taking science data in 2015.
In the talk we review the results achieved so far and the perspectives of the advanced detectors.

November

11.11.11 (Thursday)
16:15, ESO Auditorium, Munich Joint Astronomy Colloquium
"What we learn about Dark Matter and Dark Energy from Weak Lensing"
Andy Taylor (Univ. of Edinburgh)
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