The very first observing run of the Advanced LIGO detectors led to the discovery of binary-black-hole inspiral and merger events, and overnight we got launched into the era of gravitational-wave astrophysics. In this talk I will review the key results from the recent LIGO data search, signal characterization, and measurements of source properties. I will discuss how this observation enables the first tests of general relativity in the strong-field regime and what this discovery implies for black-hole astrophysics.
Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 200. Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.
Autumn 2016/2017, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), A, Kapitulnik, R. Laughlin, L. Senatore