12:00–1:00 pm ERC 401
Sophie Schroeder (Niels Bohr Institute) "Open questions in formation of compact binary star systems"
I will present my work on advancing binary evolution models. The models are used to describe and calculate rates of merging black holes and neutrons stars observed by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration. Current models include simple approximations for the binary orbit changes during all types of mass transfer and angular momentum loss. I instead work on characterising these interactions using hydrodynamic simulations, and try to understand how the loss of mass and angular momentum will effect the final population of merging compact objects.