Gravitational Waves from Gamma-ray Bursts

Date: 
12/02/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Andrew Williamson
Speaker affiliation: 
RIT
Location: 
78-2120

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are brief but extremely luminous explosions observed roughly once per day. Those with longer durations (>~2s) are thought to be the electromagnetic signatures of core collapse in massive stars, while the shorter GRBs are believed to come from mergers of binaries featuring neutron stars. In both cases, gravitational waves, potentially detectable with current facilities, may accompany the bursts. We will discuss the efforts to detect these signals, particularly those of the shorter, binary merger type, and explore what insights combined electromagnetic and gravitational observations could provide.

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