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
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!
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
Edit 12/03/16: I just wanted to say hello to anyone who was Googling stuff about gravitational waves and found themselves here. People use some really interesting search terms to get here and I want you to know that if you have any questions I will absolutely do my best to answer them. Ok, now you… Continue reading Gravitational Waves: The Big Discovery