MUSTS Colloquium: Stefan Hild (Maastricht University) – Einstein Telescope

Stefan Hild
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Wednesday April 26th, 15:30-17:00

This event will take place on-campus

If you would like to attend as non-MUSTS member, please register by sending an email to: j{dot}bruyninckx{at}maastrichtuniversity{dot}nl


Einstein Telescope

Building a billion-Euro-class research Infrastructure in Limburg?  

Stefan Hild

(Maastricht University)



Most of our universe is dark, i.e. it does not send out any light or electromagnetic waves of other wavelengths. However, the recent discoveries of gravitational waves from merging black holes and neutron starts have opened up a completely new window into our universe and in particular its ‘dark side’. In Europe scientist are preparing the construction of the 2 billion Euro Einstein Telescope, a new generation of gravitational wave observatory, constructed as a equilateral triangle of 10 kilometer length, 250m underground. In 2021 the Einstein Telescope was admitted to the ESFRI roadmap. One of the two site candidates is South Limburg on the doorstep of Maastricht. This colloquium will give an overview of the enabling technologies and scientific concepts of the Einstein Telescope, as well as presenting current activities ongoing towards producing a bidbook for hosting ET in the region.



Stefan Hild is Professor of Experimental Physics at the Faculty of Science and Egineering of Maastricht University. He previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), the University of Birmingham and the University of Glasgow. He is the project leader of the ETpathfinder project and has contributed many ideas and designs to the Einstein Telescope. Hild has been active in gravitational wave research for the past 20 years and he has been part of the international team which discovered gravitational waves from two colliding black holes in 2015.