Amphis pour Tous - The story of a new astronomy: gravitational waves

November 15, 2017 6:00 PM - november 15, 2017 19:30

The conference "History of a new astronomy: gravitational waves", presented by Didier Verkindt, CNRS Research Fellow, Annecy Laboratory of Particle Physics (LAPP), UFR Sciences et Montagne, will take place on Wednesday November 15 at 6pm in Chamonix (Salle du bicentenaire, 94 place du Mont-Blanc).

It will also be held on :

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Archamps Technopole (Bâtiment Salève 1 amphithéâtre Hermance, 155 rue Ada Byron 74160 Archamps)
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6pm in Chambéry (Présidence de l'USMB, 27 rue Marcoz, 73000 Chambéry)
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Annecy (La Turbine sciences, Place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier 74960 Annecy)


Following the first direct detection of a gravitational wave by the LIGO-VIRGO collaboration on September 14, 2015, a new type of astronomy is born. This new astronomy observes the tiniest deformations of space-time, and not just starlight. It will undoubtedly bring new surprises to our knowledge of our vast universe. This talk tells the story of gravitational waves, from their concept established in the early 20th century to the constant efforts made over the past 50 years to build ever more powerful detectors. A marriage of fundamental science, high technology and poetry.