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Physics Colloquium: "Gravitational-wave Astronomy on the Cusp"
A new generation of gravitational-wave detectors are under construction and will begin observations in the next couple of years. After reviewing the basic properties of gravitational waves, I will present an overview of the detector design and provide an update on the current status. I will also describe some of the astrophysical sources of gravitational waves with an emphasis on what we can learn from their observations with these new instruments.