FREE LECTURE: FREE PUBLIC LECTURE "Huge Science Investment and Future Science in WA"
|FREE PUBLIC LECTURE "Huge Science Investment and Future Science in WA" : Learn of the planned LIGO-Australia gravitational wave observatory near Gingin valued at about $300 Million.
Western Australia could soon be home to the biggest international science investment in Australia’s history. This would arrive in the form of a new Advanced Gravitational Wave Observatory, valued at about $300 Million. The observatory would combine the most precise mirrors and the largest vacuum ever created, and laser beams that might blow up the death star!
The observatory, called LIGO-Australia is planned to be installed near Gingin, one hour’s drive north of Perth. LIGO-Australia will be the most sensitive measuring instrument ever created, able to measure gravitational “sounds” from black holes and the birth of the universe. The sounds, which in reality are ripples in space and time, are a billion times softer than the softest sound detectable by the human ear.
The Gravitational Observatory offers an exciting opportunity for Australian industry. Vacuum pipe construction and innovative geothermal cooling technology will provide WA companies with an advantage in international markets. Some of the most sophisticated digital control systems ever created will boost industrial control technology. Data analysis will use teraflop graphics processors, which are being developed in collaboration with the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope project.
Refreshments will be available after the talk.
Ms Alannah MacTiernan will introduce the Speaker.
Ms MacTiernan was MLA representing Armadale from 1996 to 2010, and Minister for Planning and Infrastructure overseeing a number of major rail and road infrastructure projects. She has had a long interest in science
Winthrop Professor David G. Blair
Ross Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, UWA
: 6488 1170
Thu, 12 May 2011 18:30
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