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Discovering Black Holes and Gravitational Waves: Algorithms and Simulation
ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute
Providence, RI
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Wednesday Feb 20, 2019 6:30 PM - Wednesday Feb 20, 2019 8:00 PM | Free


Discovering Black Holes and Gravitational Waves: Algorithms and Simulation
An ICERM Public Lecture at Brown University: Discovering Black Holes and Gravitational Waves: Algorithms and Simulation

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
ICERM, 121 South Main Street, 11th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Light reception: 6:00pm
Lecture begins: 6:30 pm

MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE INVITED to attend this public lecture.  The equations of general relativity, Einstein's field equations, are among the most complicated partial differential equations in mathematical physics. These equations predict the existence of gravitational waves, which are propagating disturbances in spacetime itself. In 2016, the first direct observation of these waves from colliding black holes was reported on, a historic discovery that led to last years Nobel Prize. This discovery would not have been possible without intense interaction between physicists, mathematicians, and high-performance computing tools. Indeed, numerically solving Einstein's equations for the expected wave signal and the processing of gravitational-wave datasets was enabled by advances in algorithms, numerical methods, and access to large computing resources. In this talk, I will focus on the critical role all three played in making this historic discovery as well as summarizing current directions in computational relativity and gravitational-wave data science.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Scott Field is an assistant professor of Mathematics at UMass Dartmouth and a co-director of the data science program. Before joining UMass Dartmouth, he was a research associate in the numerical relativity group at Cornell University and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. at Brown University. His research interests include the design and implementation of efficient numerical algorithms for scientific computing and data analysis, with applications to general relativity, gravitational waves, and the analysis of data recorded by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). His work has been funded by NSF and the National Institute of Aerospace.

This event is free and open to the public.
Limited seating. Please register to reserve a seat.

Hosted by the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in
Mathematics (ICERM)

Doors open at 6PM and lecture will begin at 6:30PM


ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute (View)
121 S. Main Street, 11th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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