NIUS Seminar on Gravitational Waves
Date: 01 March, 2017
Time: 09:30 - 10:30
Venue: NIUS Building Lecture Hall - G4
Coordinator: Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar
Title: An Introduction to General Relativity and Gravitational Waves,
Speaker: Prof. Bala Iyer (ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru),
Newtonian mechanics and Gravitation were very successful theories for more than two centuries until the creation by Einstein of Special Relativity in 1905 and General Relativity in 1915. The first part of this lecture highlights the physical basis underlying these remarkable developments and the new insights they implied for our notions of space and time. Gravitational waves are one of General Relativity's important consequence predicted by Einstein in 1916.
The second part of this lecture provides a brief introduction to Gravitational Waves leading on to their recent discovery from black hole binaries and concluding with the impact of LIGO-India for the new emerging astronomy.
About the speaker:
Prof. Bala R. Iyer is a leading theoretical physicist in the domain of gravitational waves. His research is mainly focussed on computation of accurate waveforms of gravitational waves resulting from infalling compact binaries. These calculations are crucial for constructing templates for the detection of gravitational waves through terrestrial and space based observatories like LIGO, Virgo and LISA.
Prof. Iyer retired as Senior Professor from Raman Research Institute in 2014, and is currently a Visiting Professor at ICTS (TIFR), Bengaluru. He is the Chair of the Council of Indian Initiative in Gravitational-wave Observations (IndIGO) which is the proposer of LIGO-India. He is the Editor-in-Chief and Subject Editor for Gravitational Waves (GW) for “Living Reviews in Relativity”.