Research done at Nikhef. Gravitational waves. Gideon Koekoek January 10 th 2007. Overview of the talk. What are gravitational waves? Measuring gravitational waves What we @ Nikhef / Vu are doing Conclusions. What are gravitational waves?.
Wait, what is gravity in the first place?
Gravity is a force!
Earth’s path is not straight, but bent by a force
Still a straight line, but in curved spacetime!
An example: gravitational waves produced by a binary star system
We want to measure these waves!
Binary stars: source of GW’s