Gravitational Waves from Theory to Experiments: the Birth of a New Astronomy

June 14-28 2021

The Scuola Superiore Meridionale – SSM is glad to announce a series of lectures with the following guests:


mon June 14, 4:00pm (CET)

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Rainer Weiss  

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the direct detection of gravitational waves”

Massachussett Institute of Technology, Professor, Emeritus

title: Gravitational Wave Detectors: Past and Future


wed June 16, 12:00pm (CET)

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Giovanni Losurdo

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) – Pisa, Research Director

title: Virgo and the Contribution of Italian Scientists to GW Science


fri, June 18, 4.00pm (CET)

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Bernard F. Schutz

University of Cardiff, Professor; former Director of the MPI for Gravi- tational Physics (AEI), Astrophysical Relativity Department.

title: Gravitational Wave Astronomy


Mon, June 21, 12:00pm (CET)

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Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Professor 

title: Analytical Approaches to Gravitational Wave Signals


wed June 23, 5:00 pm (CET)

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Neil J. Cornish 

Montana State University, Professor

title: Gravitational Wave Data Analysis


fri June 25, 12:00pm (CET)

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Sergey P. Vyatchanin

M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor, Chair of Oscillations

title: Thermal Fluctuations and Quantum Limitations in Extreme Metrology: the GW Detectors Paradigm


mon June 28, 4:00pm (CET)

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Stefano Vitale

Universita’ degli Studi di Trento, Professor

title: Spaceborne GW Detectors. LISA and the LISA Pathfinder


For more information on lectures, see flyer

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The lectures will be broadcasted live on the University of Naples “Federico II” YouTube channel: Playlist link

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Convener: Prof. Innocenzo M. Pinto – University of Naples “Federico II”, LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration

The convener is working in the field of gravitational wave detection experiments since many years, as an active member of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA (LVK) Collaboration. Co-author of the first Virgo proposal and paper (NIM A289 (1990) 518), and of the GW150914 “discovery paper” (PRL 116 (2016) 061102), recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2016) and the Gruber Cosmology Prize (2017) as a member of the LIGO Collaboration, he has been appointed Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2017 “For fundamental contributions to thermal noise reduction in the mirror coatings of the LIGO interferometric gravitational wave detectors, and for original contributions to the science of Electromagnetics”.

Organization: Dr. Micol Benetti, Dr. Marco Coraggio, University of Naples “Federico II” and SSM.

Honour Committee : Prof. Daniele Riccio (SSM, University of Naples Federico II, Rector’s Delegate), prof. Salvatore Capozziello (SSM, Coordinator of the PhD Programme in “Cosmology, Space Science & Space Technology”, University of Naples Federico II), prof. Luca Lista (Director, INFN Sezione di Napoli, and University of Naples Federico II), prof. Jean Yves Vinet (Université Côte d’Azur and Virgo), prof. Francesco Fidecaro (University of Pisa and ET), prof. Fulvio Ricci (University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Virgo, President of the Societa’ Italiana di Relativita’ Generale e Fisica della Gravitazione), prof. Marcella Marconi (Director, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte), prof. Stavros Katsanevas (Université Paris VII, Director of the European Gravitational Observatory).