The Astrophysics of BH-BH/NS-NS Mergers with LIGO/Virgo

Date: 
12/11/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Chris Belczynski
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Warsaw
Location: 
CAR-1275

Dr. Belczynski will discuss the astrophysical importance of the recent LIGO/Virgo direct detections of gravitational-waves. Despite majority of the expectations, it was not neutron star mergers being detected first, but the series of exotic massive black hole mergers. He will describe the leading theories of the formation of such black hole systems. He will also comment on a detection of NS-NS merger. This particular detection may provide striking constraints on binary evolution. Several astrophysical implications are beginning to emerge despite the fact that the exact origin of LIGO/ Virgo sources is not yet known. 

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