Gravity Group Seminar, Neil Cornish (Montana Sate University)

Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 12:00 pm

“Gravitational Wave Astronomy - What’s next?”

The detection by LIGO of gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes marks the end of a half-century long quest, and the beginning of a new branch of astronomy. A tremendous amount has already been learned from the first few detection's, both in terms of fundamental physics and astronomy. Just in case you are already getting bored with a steady diet of vanilla black hole mergers, I will describe efforts to detect a wider variety of sources, including those that we lack good models for, such as highly eccentric binaries, core collapse supernovae and the collision of two neutron stars. These systems offer unique opportunities to test general relativity and the properties of high density material. I'll finish with a brief description of the Transient Astrophysics Probe, a potential successor to the Swift satellite that was recently selected for study by NASA, with the primary goal of detecting electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave signals.

Joseph Henry Room