ICS “Social Meetings” are the cultural events taking place once a month (third Sunday), from September to June, except in December, February, and May, when we hold the “Special Events” Festa di Natale, Carnevale and Gala. “Upcoming Events” are events organized by us or by other organizations, with whom we collaborate.
Sunday, January 21, 3pm-5:00pm
at the ICS – 4833 Rugby Ave. Suite 201, Bethesda MD 20814
“A Midsummer’s Night Dream: Gravitational Waves and Light Strike Cosmic Gold”
It is our very good fortune to have Dr. Eleonora Troja, our 2017 ICS Young Scientist awardee, to tell us about her work at our Sunday, January 21st Social meeting. The remarkable observation of gravitational waves by LIGO and VIRGO is at the very edge of important topics in physics, indeed, of our ancient human quest to understand the universe, and is the subject of the Nobel prize in physics awarded this year to Caltech’s Profs. Barish and Thorne, and MIT’s Prof. Weiss. Dr. Troja’s work, using different methods, is related to this quest.
Eleonora Troja, educated in Sicily, is currently an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, and works primarily at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Astrophysics Science Division.
Her research interests lie in astronomy, and include the study of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and exotic transients such as kilonovae and tidal disruption events. In her career she has worked on a variety of different aspects of the GRB phenomenon, although her primary focus is the connection between short duration GRBs, neutron star mergers, and gravitational wave sources.
Her main interest is to investigate the observational signatures of compact mergers, systems composed of either two neutron stars (NS-NS) or a neutron star and a black hole (NS-BH) which slowly spiral into each other and eventually collide due to energy losses to gravitational radiation. Compact binary mergers lie at the intersection of several key aspects of modern astrophysics:
- they are the most likely cause of short duration gamma-ray bursts;
- they are strong sources of gravitational wave radiation, and prime candidates for direct detection with advanced LIGO and Virgo;
- they are the most promising r-process sites (rapid absorption of neutrons) for the formation of all the heavy elements (i.e. gold, platinum, uranium, …) found on Earth.
These three fundamental areas of investigation are at the core of her research.
We have a rare opportunity to hear first-hand about these interesting topics by an exciting, young Italian scientist. Please come!
RSVP at RSVP@italianculturalsociety.org
Please consider a donation of $5 members/$10 non members to help us defray the costs for this event, at the door or below:
Also, see “Upcoming Events” for National Philharmonic concert (Holst: The Planets, Debussy: La Mer) entitled “Cosmic Designs” featuring a multimedia event with a screening of NASA solar system footage narrated by NASA scientists and a chance to talk to an astronaut! Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27, 28, Strathmore.
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