Gravitational wave observations and their significance2019.06.10 12:16 - AgnieszkaTurlej
Detection of gravitational wave signals from mergers of black holes and neutron stars is one the most important discoveries of this century. I shall briefly present the phenomenon of gravitational radiation as predicted by Einstein's general relativity. I shall describe gravitational wave detectors and methods of analysing gravitational wave data. I shall review the observations made during the two observational runs of LIGO and Virgo detector projects. I shall present the physical and astrophysical applications of these observations. I shall summarize the most recent observations of gravitational wave signals made during the third observational run that is currently underway.