The lecture, "Hearing Black Holes Collide in Louisiana: LIGO's Breakthrough detection of Gravitational Waves," will be held at 7 p.m., April 1 in the Senator Theodore M. Hickey ballroom. It is free and open to the public.
Giaime, the head at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory detector in Livingston, Louisiana, is part of the team that proved Einstein's theory of general relativity when they detected gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes a billion light years from earth.
Having earned his Ph.D. at MIT, Giaime worked at a physical science research institute on the University of Colorado campus. He currently serves as a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University; and, in 2009, he was elected for the American Physical Society's fellowship for his gravitational wave discoveries.
Giaime's lecture will be aimed a general audience, and will be presented on behalf of the UNO Department of Physics and the Physics Club.