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Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe – a bright future ahead

Prize lecture


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Credit: Karl Toland

In this talk Sir James will discuss progress in the field of gravitational wave detection, from the first days of the aluminium bar detectors to the present time, where the laser interferometer detectors Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo have allowed gravitational waves to be detected and are opening up a new field of gravitational multi-messenger astrophysics with a number of ground breaking discoveries. Many experimental challenges had to be overcome and new challenges are presenting themselves as we look to further enhance the performance of ground based detectors and look to lower frequencies with the space based detector LISA.

The prize lecture will be webcast live and the video recording of the event will be available shortly after the event.

Attending this event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 6pm and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Travel and accessibility information

The award

The Bakerian Lecture series began in 1775 and is the premier lecture in physical sciences.

Sir James Hough OBE FRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2020 for his world-leading work on suspensions systems for the test masses used in laser interferometry, pivotal to the successful detection of gravitational waves.

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Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe – a bright future ahead

Bakerian Lecture 2020 given by Sir James Hough OBE FRS

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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