Dr. Erik Katsavounidis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA
Member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory
(LIGO - operated jointly by Caltech, https://www.caltech.edu/ and MIT http://www.mit.edu/)
In the fall of 2015 and one hundred years after Einstein's prediction, one of the toughest measurements ever undertaken by science and technology led to the first direct observation of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO). I will review the science that has driven the endeavor and the technology that made it possible and will describe the future of the field of gravitational wave astronomy that has just started.
Erik Katsavounidis is Senior Research Scientist at MIT and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece in 1988 and his PhD in Physics at Caltech in 1995. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Italy he returned to Caltech as staff scientist before joining the faculty at MIT in 2001. His research has been mainly in High Energy Physics and Gravitational Wave Physics; he has been a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) since 2000. LIGO is operated jointly by Caltech and MIT. More information available at: