Prospects in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Date: 
05/14/2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Speaker: 
Ilya Mandel
Speaker affiliation: 
Northwestern University
Location: 
78-2015

The first generation of interferometric ground-based gravitational-wave detectors, LIGO and Virgo, are currently taking data at their highest sensitivities to date.  Within a decade, their advanced versions will likely be able to make routine detections of mergers of compact binaries composed of neutron stars or stellar-mass black holes.  I will briefly review some of the prospects and challenges of the emerging field of gravitational-wave astronomy.  I will focus on the difficult task of astrophysical predictions of detection rates.  I will also discuss some of the exciting science that will be enabled through the new window onto the universe which will be opened up by gravitational-wave observations.
 

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