Special Physics Colloquium: Wednesday, February 20th: Multi-messenger astrophysics of compact binary mergers

Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • KITP Main Seminar Room
  • Special Physics Colloquium

The era of gravitational-wave astronomy has begun with the discovery of a binary  black hole merger in 2015. More recently, the detection of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger, GW170817, followed by electromagnetic counterparts has opened a new era of multi-messenger astronomy. In this talk, I will focus on the recent progress in the study of neutron star mergers including mass ejection processes,  r-process nucleosynthesis, kilonovae, and short gamma-ray bursts. I will also discuss about the progenitors of binary black holes discovered by LIGO particularly in the context that they are formed in close massive binary systems. 

 

Kenta Hotokezaka, Princeton