Gravitational Waves Fun
Ruxandra Bondarescu (ruxandra at cornell.edu - cell - (607)351-4871) with help from
Steve Drasco (sdrasco at baba.astro.cornell.edu), Mihai Bondarescu (mihai at tapir.caltech.edu), Tanja Hinderer, David Tsang, Nick Taylor and others.
We are getting together with interested students to watch Kip Thorne's PH237 - Gravitational Waves lectures.
The lectures cover the basics of General Relativity as well as advanced
topics in Gravitational Wave Astronomy, GW detectors (LIGO, LISA) and the numerical
work needed to make them work. All Kip's lectures were recorded on video (at Mihai's suggestion). The movies
together with recommended reading, homework and solutions are also available online at http://elmer.caltech.edu/ph237 .
We'll try to do some fun stuff after each meeting that will give us the chance to talk informally and meet each
When & Where:
We are meeting every Friday at 5 PM starting on February 6, 2004.
We meet in the Physics Lounge (Clark 125) and then we go up to the Space Sciences
Computer Lab (4th Floor).
Note: The Space Sciences building closes at 4:30 PM. So, if you come late and
don't have a key please call me on my cell phone to open the door.
We look forward to seeing you all!
We are meeting during the Spring break, too!
April 24: Mihai is giving a talk today about his research with Kip involving new family of flat-topped beams for the LIGO interferometer. Come as
usual at 5 pm in the physics lounge. Abstract. Powerpoint file.
We are meeting during the summer, but since only Tanja and Dave and I come
regularly now we change the meeting time according to our schedules. Last week
we met on Thurday at 3 PM (June 3rd), now we are meeting on Tuesday (June 8th).
We are usually watching the lectures in the Physics lounge. So, please email me if
you are interested in comming.
- Ruxandra Bondarescu (ruxandra at ncsa.uiuc.edu
or ruxandra at cornell.edu)
- Dave Tsang (dtsang at physics.cornell.edu)
- Nicholas Taylor (ntw2 at cornell.edu
- Tanja Hinderer (tph25 at cornell.edu)
- Sharvari Nadkarni (snadkarni at physics.cornell.edu)
- Kiran V. Thadani (kvt2 at cornell.edu)
- Mansi Manoj Kasliwal (mmk32 at cornell.edu)
- Steve Drasco (sdrasco at baba.astro.cornell.edu>
- Kelken Chang (kelken at physics.cornell.edu)
- Jeandrew Bink (jb275 at physics.cornell.edu)
Honorary Guests (people who came only once)
Paul Grabowski (peg9 at cornell.edu)
Albert Bae (ajb79 at cornell.edu)
James Ledoux (jledoux at physics.cornell.edu)
Some pictures from the first two meetings ...
Fri, 03/05/04 5:00-7:30
Fri, 03/12/04 5:00-8:30
- 02/06/04 5PM-6:30PM
- Fri, 02/13/04 6:00PM-7:40PM
- Fri, 02/20/04 5:00PM-7:30
- Kip's 3rd lecture
- Free CDs with Kip's first two lectures to all participants!
- Fri, 02/27/04 5:00PM-8:30
Kip's 4th lecture
Problems solved on the board from Kip's second assignment:
--Mansi - problem 1
--Ruxandra - problem 2
--Tanja - problem 3
--Nick - problem 4
--Steve - problem 5
Fri, 03/19/04 5:00-7:30
Tuesday, March 23 -hiking trip ( organized by Steve and Nick )
Fri, 03/26/04 5:00-7:30
Saturday, March 27 -
Fri, 04/02/04 5:00-8:20
- Kip's 6th Lecture
Problems solved on the board from Kip's third assignment:
--Nick - problem 1
--Tanja - problem 2
--Ruxandra - problem 8
Fri, 04/09/04 5:00-7:30
Fri, 04/16/04 5:00-8:20
- Kip's 9th Lecture
Problems solved on the board from Kip's 4th assignment:
--Ruxandra - problem 4
--Tanja - problem 5
Fri, 04/23/04 5:00-6:40
- Lecture 14: Alecsandra+ Kip
Problems solved on the board from Kip's 5th assignment:
--Dave - problem 2
--Tanja - problem 4
--Ruxandra - problem 5
Fri, 04/30/04 5:00-7:00
- Mihai gave an informal talk about his research with Kip: A new family of flat-topped beams for Advanced LIGO. Abstract. Powerpoint file. We had a party afterwards and we went hiking on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to see pictures with us.
Kip's Lecture 16
Fri, 05/07/04 5:00-7:00
Kip's Lecture 17 (Lee Lindblom: Neutron Stars)
Fri, 05/14/04 5:00-7:00
Kip's Lecture 18 (Marc Scheel: 3+1 formalism)
Wed, May 20 - Swimming trip with Steve, Tanja and Dave
Th, 06/03/04 3:00-5:00
Kip's Lectue 19
Tu, 06/08/04 3:00-5:00
Kip's Lecture 20