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Add to Calendar 1/16/2019 12:00 pm 1/16/2019 America/Chicago Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar: "From Stellar Dynamics to Gravitational Waves " DESCRIPTION:

Since the first detection over three years ago, gravitational waves have promised to revolutionize our understanding of compact objects, binary evolution, general relativity, and cosmology. But to make that a reality, we need to understand how and where these relativistic binaries form.  In this talk, I will describe the various astrophysical pathways for creating the binary mergers detected by LIGO/Virgo, and how specific features of the gravitational waves (such as the binary eccentricities and black hole spins) can shed light on the formation of these dark remnants.  I will show how simple gravitational dynamics makes the centers of dense star clusters, particularly globular clusters, uniquely efficient at producing merging binaries.  Finally, I will talk about the future of the field, and how gravitational-wave astronomy is poised to offer us unprecedented insights into physics, astrophysics, and cosmology over the coming years and decades.  

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Dr. Carl Rodriguez, MIT

464 Loomis Lab

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Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar: "From Stellar Dynamics to Gravitational Waves "

Speaker Dr. Carl Rodriguez, MIT
Date: 1/16/2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location:

464 Loomis Lab

Event Contact: Margie Gamel
217-333-3762
mgamel@illinois.edu
Sponsor:

Department of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

Since the first detection over three years ago, gravitational waves have promised to revolutionize our understanding of compact objects, binary evolution, general relativity, and cosmology. But to make that a reality, we need to understand how and where these relativistic binaries form.  In this talk, I will describe the various astrophysical pathways for creating the binary mergers detected by LIGO/Virgo, and how specific features of the gravitational waves (such as the binary eccentricities and black hole spins) can shed light on the formation of these dark remnants.  I will show how simple gravitational dynamics makes the centers of dense star clusters, particularly globular clusters, uniquely efficient at producing merging binaries.  Finally, I will talk about the future of the field, and how gravitational-wave astronomy is poised to offer us unprecedented insights into physics, astrophysics, and cosmology over the coming years and decades.  

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