Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2015
Volume 60, Number 4
Saturday–Tuesday, April 11–14, 2015; Baltimore, Maryland
Session Y12: Invited Session: History of Relativity
1:30 PM–3:18 PM,
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Room: Key 8
Sponsoring Units: GGR FHP
Chair: Sean McWilliams, West Virginia University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2015.APR.Y12.1
Abstract: Y12.00001 : Gravitational Wave Detection: A Historical Perspective*
1:30 PM–2:06 PM
(Syracuse University Department of Physics)
The search for gravitational waves began at the Chapel Hill Conference in January 1957, and will reach a successful conclusion at a set of observatories around the globe about sixty years later. This talk will review the history of the early thought experiments, the program of resonant mass detectors (``Weber bars''), and the development of the large interferometric detectors like Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo that are, it is hoped, about to make the first detections of gravitational wave signals.
*I am pleased to acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation for my research, most recently under NSF grant PHY-1205835.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2015.APR.Y12.1
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