The past, present, and future of compact-object astrophysics with gravitational waves
Dr. Andrea Biscoveanu
CIERA Postdoctoral Associate
Following the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, the LIGO and Virgo detectors have now observed over 100 gravitational-wave events from merging compact-object binaries including both black holes and neutron stars. In this talk, I will describe the astrophysical and cosmological sources of audio-band gravitational waves and the techniques used for their detection and characterization. I will give an overview of the latest measurements of the physical properties of the compact-object binary population and their implications for our understanding of how these systems form. I will also discuss the prospects of next-generation ground-based gravitational-wave detectors---which will be sensitive to nearly every merging binary in the Universe---to probe the astrophysical processes shaping these systems.
Hosted by Dr. Nguyen
Originally published at physics.nd.edu.