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Gabriela González

Einstein, black holes and gravitational waves

Life and Matter Sciences Conference Wednesday, July 17, 2019 19:30 hours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.  

Organized by:

Fundación Ramón Areces

In cooperation with:

Universitat de València y Real Sociedad Española de Física

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More than 100 years ago, Einstein predicted that space-time is dynamic, and gravitational waves travelling to the speed of light do exist. On September 2015, the two LIGO observatories in the USA detected for the first time a signal due to gravitational waves travelling through the Earth, produced 1,300 years ago as the result of the final embrace between two black holes after a long tango dancing. Since then, we have detected a few more signals, including one with artificial fireworks coming from the collision of neutron stars, leading to a better understanding of the origin of heavy (and precious) metals. Gabriela González will describe the long and incredible story of this discovery, and the future of this new field of Astronomy.


Wednesday, July 17

19:00 h.

Attendee check-in

19:30 h.


Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra 
Director Fundación Ramón Areces.


Einstein, black holes and gravitational waves

Gabriela González 
Louisiana State University, United States of America.

Gabriela González is professor in Physics and Astronomy at the Louisiana State University, devoted to the search of gravitational waves with the LIGO team. Born in  Córdoba, Argentina, she graduated in Physics at the Córdoba National University, and completed her PhD at the Syracuse University, USA, in 1995. She worked at the MIT and at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Louisiana in 2001, where she is now professor. Due to her contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves, she has received recognition from the USA National Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Argentinian Senators Chamber, the Government of the Córdoba province and the municipality of the Córdoba city, as well as from the American Association of Physics and the American Association of Astronomy. 

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