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CTNS Public Forum | Annual Russell Family Research Fellowship in Religion and Science
A Strigilated Universe: The Cosmogonic Significance of Primordial Gravitation Radiation

In 2015, for the first time ever, scientists announced the detection of gravitational waves spun out into the universe by the merger of two black holes. Numerous detection events have since been recorded, and upgrades continue to increase experimental sensitivity. There is one important class of gravitational waves, however, that still eludes scientists: the so-called primordial gravitational waves likely to have been produced in the earliest moments of our universe. Observation of these waves—the gravitational equivalent of the cosmic microwave background, though significantly older—could reveal much about the origin of the visible universe. In this presentation, Russell Family Research Fellow Dr. Kirk Wegter-McNelly will review these developments and discuss their implications for our understanding of how the visible universe began. Dr. Wegter-McNelly will also discuss a related tension in the construction of theories of the early universe that sheds light on the challenge of doing physics on “the whole.”

Sep 22, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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