Yale Astronomy & Astrophysics Colloquium: “A new dawn: gravitational-wave observations of binary systems on the ground and in space” - Emanuele Berti, Johns Hopkins University

Event time: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Watson Center (WTS), A51 See map
60 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The observation of compact binary mergers by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration marked the dawn of a new era in astronomy. LISA will fulfill this vision by opening a new observational window at low frequencies. The gravitational radiation emitted by compact binary systems in these two frequency windows encodes important information on their astrophysical formation mechanism. Furthermore, compact objects - whether in isolation or in binaries - are excellent astrophysical laboratories to probe our understanding of high-energy physics and strong-field gravity. I will highlight the potential of Earth- and space-based detectors to further our understanding of the formation and evolution of compact binaries. I will also discuss potential smoking guns of new physics in gravitational-wave detectors, and the theoretical and observational challenges associated with their search.