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Take a look at a working Michelson Interferometer, the instrument that is being used to detect gravitational waves! Be wowed by the marvel of the Rubens’ tube, a fiery oscilloscope that dramatically demonstrates the key principles of sound propagation.
What's next with gravitational waves?
Professor Andreas Friese (Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Birmingham)
Almost exactly a hundred years after Einstein's predictions, the two LIGO detectors have achieved the first detection of a gravitational wave. This talk will take you through an extraordinary journey in experimental physics and the invention of new laser instruments that look into the skies and listen for the echoes of black holes and dying stars. And what next: now that we have measured our first gravitational wave, where do we go from here?
One bizarre idea
Since 1892 Physicists have known that particles have wave-like properties, and we're still discovering new ways of using this idea. Dr Michael Holynski will guide you through the weird quantum world of atom interferometry, explaining how it works and how this one bizarre idea can change the way we experiment.
Performance by Leon Trimble #3
Leon Trimble (Audio-visual artist and BOM Fellow)
We are delighted that this Pint of Science event will feature a performance by Leon Trimble, a Birmingham-based audio-visual artist and Birmingham Open Media (BOM) Fellow who experiments with the live translation of physical science instruments. He will be live-mixing data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) into his music.