Physics Colloquium

The Einstein Telescope: the future of gravitational wave observatories

by COLLOQUIUM CANCELED / Harald Lück (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics)

Nußallee 12/2.006 (PI) - Lecture Hall I (PI)

Nußallee 12/2.006 (PI) - Lecture Hall I


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The current "advanced" generation of gravitational wave detectors has made impressive observations in the last several years and is currently in the midst of another data run. However, the sensitivity of today's detectors, impressive as it is, only allows us to eavesdrop on sources in our cosmic neighbourhood, and not yet with sufficient precision to study the underlying physical processes in detail.


With the Einstein Telescope and the Cosmic Explorer, the next generation of gravitational wave detectors is being planned. These detectors will be an order of magnitude more sensitive and extend to lower frequencies, opening up new areas and allowing a look back into the early post-Big Bang era.  


The presentation will give an overview of the plans, the current status and difficulties in realising this goal.