PitchD – Special Session: beyond the Twilight Zone

8 May 2019 – 17.30
Politecnico di Torino – Maxwell Room

Here’s a Special Session of the PitchD – the PhD’s pitch. In this seminar an ex-PhD student from Politecnico di Torino (currently enrolled in General Motors) and a physicist from UniTO will expand our knowledge. Join us to see beyond the Twilight Zone.

Beyond the PhD: what’s your next step?

Dr. Alessandra Neri
Technology System Engineer, General Motors Powertrain Europe

My experience in GM
Eng. Alessandra Neri received her doctoral degree in Metrology from PoliTo with a thesis entitled ‘Development of innovative low cost sensors based on optical technologies’. She has been working in General Motors for almost 6 years, first as Hardware Electrical Architecture Development Engineer and now as Technology System Engineer, dealing with connected vehicles and big data. She will present her professional experience, providing an interesting insight on opportunities and challenges facing PhD students after the degree.

Gravitational Waves: understanding Black Holes, Neutron Stars, and exotic phenomena in the observable universe

Mr. Gunnar Riemenschneider
PhD student, Physics Department, Torino University

With the first detection of Gravitational Waves on September 14th, 2015 a new era of Astronomy has begun. The LIGO detectors observed the merger of two Black Holes several 10-times heavier then the sun clashing into each other at more then half the speed of light over a billion light-years and over a billion years ago. Since then the efforts by the LIGO scientific collaboration have been pushed forward and large international effort has begun to build a global network of more and better Gravitational Wave detectors and to understand what we can learn from studying Gravitational Waves.
But why are Gravitational Waves so interesting to physicists? Or what are they to begin with? What kind of events produce gravitational waves that can be detected on earth? How can they be detected? What kind of detectors are currently operating? What kind of detectors are planned?
In my talk I will discuss these questions and give a brief overview of the field of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. I will discuss the basic ideas of what are Gravitational Waves, how can they be detected, how can they be generated by Black Holes, Neutron Stars and other more exotic phenomena in the observable universe, and what can be understood from studying them.

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