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Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves - Applied Superconductivity Conference 2018

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This plenary session was recorded at the 2018 Applied Superconductivity Conference.

The observations of gravitational waves from the mergers of compact binary sources opens a new way to learn about the universe as well as to test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a highly curved space-time. This lecture describes some of the difficult history of gravitational waves proposed about 100 years ago. The concepts used in the instruments and the methods for data analysis that enable the measurement of gravitational wave strains of 10-21 and smaller are presented. The results derived from the measured waveforms, their relation to the Einstein field equations and the astrophysical implications are discussed. The talk ends with a vision for the future of gravitational wave astronomy.