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Introduction to Gravitational Waves Physics

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18h Cours

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The detection of the Gravitational Waves (GW) emitted by a black holes binary on September 14th 2015 has opened a new window on the Universe. The observation of the kilonova explosion on August 17th 2017 through all different electromagnetic, particle and indeed, gravitational probes is worldwide recognized as the first example of Multimessenger Astronomy.
GW physics is rapidly expanding and new phenomena and sources are likely to be found in the years to come: today students like you are very much in the same situation as the students at the dawn of particle physics.

As always when a new field of physics is emerging there is a difficulty to follow what’s happening, especially for keen people who want to know better than what they can from reading newspapers or for people who are interested in starting a research career in this field. This difficulty is evident when you read the detection articles for example. Fundamental properties of GW, details of their detectors, specific vocabulary, are not in the normal background of a physics student.

This introductory course has been thought to make GW physics more approachable. We are going to familiarize with fundamental properties of GW, description of the GW source, description and status of the detector at the moment of detection, significance of the detection. The last part of the course will be focused on the future developments in the field.



The concept of GW and its historical evolution
Sources of GW
Features of the GW signal from coalescing binaries
The interferometric detectors of GW
Are we sure we have detected them? Level of significance of a detection
The future of GW Astronomy



The language will be established at the first lecture with the students. English and French are the possible choices.




Oral exam