Published: October 1, 2021
Total Running Time: 00:40:55
Can waves that originate from outer space stretch and compress our planet? Can the origin of these waves generate gold in space? If they do, can we utilize giant LASER systems to measure them? Sounds like science fiction, but it might just be science fact! Learn more about the amazing Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its findings over the last six years. Join Exploratorium scientist and educator Desiré Whitmore, aka the LASERchick as she gives our live After Dark audience a glimpse into what lies ahead in the future of laser technology!
A Southern California native, Desiré Whitmore earned an AS from Antelope Valley College, a BS in chemical engineering from UCLA, and an MS and PhD in chemical and material physics from UC Irvine. Her research focused on developing very fast laser and microscope systems that could capture molecules vibrating and rotating in real time. She joined the Exploratorium’s Teacher’s Institute in 2018.