A Visit From a LIGO Physicist

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On Wednesday 20th September we were visited by Dr Ed Daw, Reader in Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter Physics at the University of Sheffield. Dr Daw gave a fascinating talk to our pupils about his involvement in the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) project. LIGO is a cutting edge experiment which aims to detect gravitational waves originating in the deep universe through the use of high precision laser technology. Dr Daw's talk covered topics such as what happens when two black holes coalesce, and how these events produce gravitational waves which can be detected by LIGO observatories here on Earth. Dr Daw also gave our students some advice for aspiring physicists. Lead a full life, he said; the more real experiences you have to draw on, the better physicist you will be!

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