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When TEXAS came to Portsmouth: black holes, neutrinos and gravitational waves - Astronomy and space – Physics World

18 Dec 2019, 13:58 UTC
When TEXAS came to Portsmouth: black holes, neutrinos and gravitational waves - Astronomy and space – Physics World
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Growing up in coastal Somerset, UK, once a year I used to watch from the living-room window with incredulity as American muscle cars and pick-up trucks roared past our house. This procession of Fords, Dodges and Chryslers were filled to the brim with people dressed up in their finest Deep South regalia – on their way to the windswept Brean Country and Western Festival.
The name of the conference I find myself attending kindles images from those bizarre childhood memories. But luckily, attendees at TEXAS 2019 are not sporting cowboy boots or questionable American Indian costumes. They are physicists from all over the world, meeting at the beautiful Guildhall venue in the heart of Portsmouth, UK, to hear about and discuss the latest discoveries in fields related to the relativistic theory of gravitation and cosmology. TEXAS 2019 is hosted by the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.
Though the first day is not yet over as I write – with a number of in-depth parallel sessions still ongoing ­– there has already been plenty for conferencegoers to talk about. For instance, the morning’s plenary talks began with a bang as University of Arizona’s Dimitrios Psaltis got straight into ...

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