Special Theoretical Gravitational Seminar: "New prospects in numerical relativity''

Speaker Helvi Witek, Kings College, London
Date: 2/8/2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: 464 Loomis
Event Contact: Marjorie Gamel
Sponsor: Department of Physics
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

Despite the ever stronger observational support for general relativity (GR) as our standard model of gravity, open questions concerning, e.g., the nature of dark matter or the reconciliation of gravity with quantum physics indicate the existence of a more fundamental theory of quantum gravity. While the exact theory is unknown, most candidates predict modifications to GR. Black holes, and the gravitational wave signal emitted during their collision, provide a novel way to search for signatures of these underlying theories.To do so, however, requires accurate theoretical predictions of the waveforms, an undertaking that is still in its infancy.
In this talk I will give a review on the latest progress in ``numerical relativity beyond GR'', and report our latest results of simulating black holes in Gauss-Bonnet gravity that provide the strongest observational constraints on this theory to-date.

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