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Department of Astronomy pres.

Astronomy Colloquium Series Presents

Dr. Vicky Kalogera, Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor, Northwestern University

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Dr. Vicky Kalogera
“Probing Compact Objects with Gravitational Waves”

The detection of gravitational waves by ground-based interferometric detectors has by now revealed a previously unobserved population of merging black holes and has firmly linked the mergers of neutron stars with gamma-ray bursts and heavy element production. I will review the most current gravitational-wave discoveries, the measured physical properties of the compact objects involved and how these measurements enable us to probe the astrophysics of compact objects, and constrain models of massive-star evolution. I will conclude with our expectations for further discoveries as the sensitivity of detectors continues to improve.

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