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Science with gravitational wave detections

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 9:00am

Speaker Name(s): 

Chris Belczynski

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Warsaw University, University of Texas Brownsville
Seminar Type/Subject

Event Details & Abstract: 

I will discuss recent developments in understanding double compact objects: NS-NS, BH-NS, BH-BH mergers. In particular I will talk about evolution of massive binaries that are progenitors of double compact objects and describe NS/BH mass spectrum. These most promising gravitational radiation sources are subject of very active observational and theoretical investigations. I will present the most recent empirical and theoretical predictions for advanced LIGO/VIRGO detection rates and describe "my best bet" for the first detection.