In 2015, researchers observed a gravitational wave emitted by two merging black holes. This spectacular discovery marked the birth of new ways to explore our universe. For instance, the Einstein Telescope, a completely new class of gravitational waves observatories, will allow us to look up to edge of the cosmos – and in theory even back to the big bang.
We are pleased to inform you that Maastricht University will be home to a miniature Einstein Telescope called ETpathfinder. This unique facility will help to position the Euregio as a potential candidate for the actual Einstein Telescope and to unravel more secrets of the universe (lecture in English).
About the speaker
Stefan Hild is Professor of Experimental Physics and Professor of Gravitational Research at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Maastricht University. He previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), the University of Birmingham and the University of Glasgow. He is leader of the ETpathfinder project and he has contributed many ideas and designs to the Einstein Telescope. Professor Hild has been active in gravitational wave research for the past 20 years and he has been part of the international team that discovered gravitational waves from two colliding black holes in 2015.
This lecture is part of traditional series of lectures for alumni: the UM Star Lectures. The other 13 lectures are organized in 13 different cities and 5 countries on the same day, at the same time. This event is organised to reach out to and inspire alumni, share academic insights, experiences and memories, and to create an interconnected UM Alumni Community.