Understanding the LIGO gravitational wave event (GW150914)
Professor Andrew D. Jackson, The Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
In February 2016 the LIGO team announced the detection of gravitational waves
(GW) created by the merger of two black holes. In addition to con- firming a major prediction
of general relativity, successful GW detection would provide a powerful new tool for
Given their evident importance, the LIGO results and the methods which led to
them deserve independent critical analysis. This talk will present the results of one such
study in a manner suitable for non-specialists.