Upcoming Seminar
How to Shake Empty Space
(Wednesday, 6 December 2017, SU-01)


Einstein taught us a century ago that if you move any mass, you can actually distort space and time, and generate little travelling vibrations called gravitational waves. What is there to vibrate in "empty" space? We will start with a non-technical history of gravity that culminates in Einstein's theory of general relativity to understand the nature of space and time. We will then examine the generation of gravitational waves by various astrophysical systems, their detection using the most sensitive interferometers on Earth, and what we can learn from their analysis. Aside from giving us a new tool to observe the universe, gravitational wave detectors also have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature.

Fethi Mübin Ramazanoğlu obtained his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 2012. After postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the University of Cambridge, he has been on the faculty of Koç University since 2015. His research is focused on gravitational physics with particular emphasis on strongly gravitating systems, gravitational waves and numerical relativity.

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The Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Physics offer both graduate and undergraduate programs leading to B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the Faculty contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs that offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and Neuroscience.

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty admits a small number of highly qualified students to each program. The undergraduate curricula are designed to prepare the students for graduate study by providing a strong background in the general area of study with further opportunities of developing a deeper knowledge in various areas of emphasis.

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