Black Holes and Neutron Stars Abound! The Diverse Zoo of Gravitational-Wave Sources

PIRSA ID: 24030102
Series: Strong Gravity
Event Type: Seminar
Scientific Area(s):
Strong Gravity
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  • Zoheyr Doctor, Northwestern University

Gravitational waves detected by advanced ground-based interferometers have given us an unprecedented look at the universe. Yet, a central mystery remains: How are sources of gravitational waves — in particular, black-hole and neutron-star mergers — formed in nature? The measured masses, spins, and redshifts of these compact objects offer some clues to solving this mystery. In this talk, I will describe state-of-the art techniques for characterizing and simulating pairs of black holes and neutron stars. To conclude, I will argue that a multi-pronged approach combining both model-agnostic data analysis and detailed simulations will help unlock the histories of these exotic objects.


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