Unravelling the Mysteries of the Dark Side of the Universe
A series of lectures by prof. Stefan Hild ; 10 - 12 February 2020
Prof. Stefan Hild is the recipient of the 2019 Georges Lemaître Chair of the IRMP institute at UCLouvain.
He will give an inaugural lecture on Monday 10 February at 16:15 (auditorium CYCL01, building de Hemptinne) and then a series of four lectures (2h each) starting at 10:45 and 14:00 on both Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 February (room E.349, building de Hemptinne).
Stefan Hild is professor of Gravitational Research at the University of Maastricht. From 2009 until 2019 he had been lecturer, reader and then professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Glasgow. Stefan Hild is known internationally as a specialist in the design and construction of ultra-sensitive laser interferometers for measuring gravitational waves, the space-time vibrations predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Between 2012 and 2017 he was the recipient of a Grant of the European Research Council that allowed him to investigate a new class of laser interferometers that offer the potential to beat the quantum limits imposed by the use of naturally-occurring quantum states of light. Member of the LIGO, Virgo and GEO600 international collaborations, one of Stefan Hild’s next challenges will consist of building the ETPathfinder, a test centre where new ideas for gravitational wave detection instruments can be tested and developed. The ETPathfinder is a prototype of the Einstein Telescope: the European next-generation laser detector ten kilometres in length that is expected to start observations after the year 2030.