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2018 Spring Science Colloquia

The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics

Presented by: Vicky Kalogera (Northwestern University)
Category: Science Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: February 21, 2018
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In the past two years the gravitational-wave detections enabled by the LIGO detectors have launched a new field in observational astronomy allowing us to study compact object mergers involving pairs of black holes and neutron stars. I will discuss what current results reveal about compact object astrophysics, from binary black hole formation and core-collapse of massive stars to short gamma-ray bursts and nuclear matter physics. I will also highlight what we can expect in the near future as detectors sensitivity improves and multi-messenger astronomy further advances.