Scientific Program

Odylio Aguiar (INPE)

Title: Gravitational Wave Detection and the Mario Schenberg Antenna

Abstract: The quest for gravitational wave detection has been one of the toughest technological challenges ever faced by experimental physicists and engineers. Despite the null results to date, after four decades of research, the community involved in this area is continuously growing. One of the main reasons for this is because the first gravitational wave detection and the regular observation of gravitational waves are among the most important scientific goals for the beginning of this millennium. They will test one of the foundations of physics, Einstein's theory of general relativity, and will open a new window for the observation of the universe, which certainly will cause a revolution in our knowledge of physics and astrophysics. In this talk I will mention briefly about all relevant detectors (interferometers, bars, spheres, radio-telescopes, and CMB satellites), and give an updated report about the status of the Brazilian Mario Schenberg Antenna.