Dr. Jeff Kissel of the LIGO Hanford Observatory will be presenting on the engineering behind the LIGO observatories. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, comprised of two detectors in the United States continues to provide a new and ground breaking insight in to the invisible universe through its 5 years of detecting of gravitational waves. Detecting these disturbances in space-time — and determining the properties of astrophysical sources that produced them — would not be possible with out a tremendous amount of precision engineering. In this talk, Dr. Kissel will discuss an overview of the LIGO detectors, how they work, and cover some of the highlights in vacuum, optical, electrical, controls, systems, and mechanical engineering that help LIGO ``hear’’ explosions in the universe from billions of light-years away.
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ASME Columbia Basin Section - Richland, WA, USA
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