Colloquium Series: Tjonnie Li

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BIST Colloquium Series 2021-22


by Tjonnie Li, KU Leuven, The Netherlands


Prophecy Fulfilled? Looking Back and Ahead to Half a Decade of Gravitational-wave Observations



In 2015, scientists discovered gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime from the violent collision of two black holes. These gravitational waves are now detected at a rate of once per week by kilometre-scale detectors, giving scientists a rare insight into black holes and the Universe. Next-generation detectors, may observe up to a million gravitational-wave signals per year from various known and unknown types of sources. What have we learned from gravitational waves so far, and what can we expect going forward?


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This colloquium is part of the BIST Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences curriculum but is also open and free for anyone interested in participating. If you want to assist please send an email to



Next colloquium will be:

– Teodoro Laino, IBM Research Europe, Switzerland