Thoughts on an A* test of GR

10/08/2012 - 4:00pm to 10/17/2012 - 3:00pm
Jeandrew Brink
Speaker affiliation: 
RIT Carlson 1275

I review some of the features of the galactic center that
make it a good laboratory for extracting the multipole
structure of the massive central compact object. This
information will allow us to test the tenets that underlie our
understanding of General Relativity. I comment on the time-line to
experimentally measuring the quadrupole moment with existing
and planned observations using gravitational wave and electromagnetic
spectra. I conclude with a discussion of the current and needed
theoretical infrastructure required to make a conclusive test. Focusing in
particular, on the importance of strong field resonant effects during
the final stages of the inspiral.


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