Dinner with LIGO
Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
Keynote: Dr. Michael Landry
When: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm
Where: Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland WA
Price: $20 for ANS-EWS members, 22$ for non members
Summary of the Professional Seminar
Hear how a collision between two black holes 1.3 billion light years away was detected here in our backyard.
The keynote speaker at this ANS-EWS dinner is Dr. Michael Landry.
Dr. Landry is a physicist with the California Institute of Technology, and the Head of the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, Washington. Michael's research in gravitational waves began in 2000 when he joined the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) as a Postdoctoral scholar with Caltech. He has worked on a number of different aspects of the experiment including detector commissioning and calibration of the LIGO interferometer, led searches for gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars, and headed up the installation of Advanced LIGO at Hanford. This collaborative work culminated in the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger, announced Feb 11, 2016.
Prior to joining search for gravitational waves, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in strange quark physics.