Way back in August I got an email from Dr Lily Asquith of the University of Sussex, asking if I could be available in February to give a seminar about LIGO and gravitational waves to the experimental particle physics group there. I was flattered, but a little confused. I emailed back saying I’d be happy… Continue reading Gravitational Waves seminar at the University of Sussex
It’s one year since the LIGO collaboration (LSC) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. On that day last February, I remembered being very excited. We’d been sworn to secrecy for months, coached on where to send questions from journalists and what not to put on social media. While we knew there was still a… Continue reading The Detection of Gravitational Waves, a year on
As I’ve mentioned to a few people recently, the end of a PhD is a bit like the end of The Return of the King. Do you remember? I don’t think it was as obvious in the book, but in the film, there seemed to be about ten endings, one after another. Just when you… Continue reading Thesis corrections are in!
My viva (phd thesis defence/exam thing) was yesterday and I passed! I met with my examiners at 13:00. The first thing my external examiner said was “I enjoyed reading your thesis, I think the research is interesting and important, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t pass you – I just have a few… Continue reading I passed my viva!
This week was a busy week and was filled with talks. I’m not sure why but these things do seem to come in clusters. I started on Monday evening by attending the Engineering Society’s Autumn Lecture by Prof Jim Hough, who spoke about detecting gravitational waves. Jim ran the Institute for Gravitational Research when I… Continue reading A week of talks
Today a major press conference was held about the initial results from LISA Pathfinder. LISA Pathfinder is a spacecraft that was launched back in December in order to test key technologies for the LISA mission, a space-based gravitational wave detector. After launch, LISA Pathfinder travelled 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth, heading towards the Sun. When it… Continue reading LISA Pathfinder
I ran into our Head of School, Professor Martin Hendry, as I was leaving work on Friday (Actually I was going back into work, having forgotten my hat, but I want Prof Hendry to think I’m smart so I didn’t mention that). He said that he’d been chatting to people from STV and that they’d… Continue reading STV Interview about Gravitational Waves