Photons & Gravitational Waves *SOLD OUT*

11 December, 5.45pm
2h, including one interval of 20m
This is a free event but a ticket is required - please click below
For wheelchair accessible seats and group bookings of 10+ please call 6488 2440 Monday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm.
AIP Congress and UWA IAS
Photons & Gravitational Waves *SOLD OUT*



You are invited to join us at UWA’s Octagon Theatre for a free double bill event featuring two outstanding physics communicators addressing two of the deepest questions of physics.

Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna will address the question, “What is a Photon?”. Markus is joined by David Shoemaker, who has worked alongside Professor Rainier Weiss since 1977, is the Director of the Advanced LIGO and was the 2017 Spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

In 2004, David established the organization of Advanced LIGO, took on its leadership, started to make engineering estimates, and started the Project planning. They proposed to the NSF, and were given the requested funding and an April 2008 start date. David led the formal Advanced LIGO Project from 2008-2015, when the Project completed on time and on budget in March 2015. After a period working on the characterization of the detector, David was elected to his present responsibility as LIGO Scientific Collaboration Spokesperson in March 2017.

The event will kick off with a very special introduction from Professor Rainer Weiss, Novel Laureate, inventor of gravitational wave detectors, and discoverer of gravitational waves.

A family friendly event also suitable for high school students.

Please note there is a four ticket limit per person.