The 2022 Lectures in Physics: Gravitational Waves

The discovery of gravitational waves was reported from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) one-hundred years after they had been predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. The first detection was achieved by the simultaneous observation of the merger of binary black holes by two widely separated suspended-mass interferometers that had unprecedented sensitivity to the distortions of space-time of less than 1 part in 10-21. A third interferometer, Virgo, joined the two LIGO detectors in 2017, making triangulation possible to accurately determine the sky location of observed gravitational wave events. Then, the simultaneous observation of a binary neutron star merger opened the exciting new observational field of multi-messenger astronomy.

Nearly 100 observations of gravitational wave events have now been reported, and with the continued improvement of the interferometer sensitivities, a new and exciting field of physics and astronomy has emerged. Gravitational-wave science includes sensitive tests of the theory of general relativity, astrophysics observations of gravitational waves, as well as the exciting new field of multi- messenger astronomy. Prospects for the future are very promising. The LIGO and Virgo instruments are being incrementally improved, a new generation of even more sensitive ground based interferometers are planned, as well as complementary initiatives in space, and from accurate pulsar timing initiatives.

This year’s Onassis lectures will be dedicated to a broad review of this new field and its prospects for the future. The individual presentations will contain theoretical and experimental reviews of the field, with particular emphasis on future plans, challenges and opportunities.

Barry Barish
Professor, Caltech, USA
Nobel Prize (2017) in Physics

Lisa Barsotti
Principal Research Scientist, MIT Kavli Institute, USA

Marica Branchesi
Professor, Gran Sasso Scientific Institute, Italy

Alessandra Buonanno
Professor, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany

Matthew Evans
Professor, MIT, USA

Jan Harms
Professor, Gran Sasso Scientific Institute, Italy

Erik Katsavounidis
Senior Research Scientist, MIT Kavli Institute, USA

Patrick Sutton
Professor, Cardiff University, UK

Stefano Vitale
Professor, University of Trento, Italy

Deadline for Application
Friday June 17, 2022



Researchers, Postdoctoral Associates, Graduate
and advanced Undergraduate students.

Financial Aid


The Onassis Foundation will support travel and accommodation expenses for up to thirty five Greek students and up to fifteen International students, selected on the basis of their academic performance. The financial aid for the travel of non-European students cannot exceed the maximum amount of the reimbursement provided for the travel of European students. Interested students should attach to their CV, a list of courses taken, their grades and two letters of recommendation. Excellent knowledge of English is required.



Students admitted on the basis of their academic performance will receive a certificate after successful participation in the lectures.


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