KICP seminar: Sylvia Biscoveanu (MIT)

12:15–1:15 pm ERC 301

Host: Anirudh Chiti

Sylvia Biscoveanu (MIT) "From black holes to the Big Bang: astrophysics and cosmology with gravitational waves and their electromagnetic counterparts"

The growing catalog of gravitational-wave signals from compact object mergers has allowed us to study the properties of black holes and neutron stars more precisely than ever before and has opened a new window through which to probe the earliest moments in our universe’s history. In this talk, I will demonstrate how current and future gravitational-wave observations can be uniquely leveraged to learn about astrophysics and cosmology. With the current catalog of events detected by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors, I will present evidence for a correlation between the redshift and spin distributions of binary black holes and discuss its astrophysical implications. With joint observations of short gamma-ray bursts and binary neutron star mergers accessible in the next few years, I will describe how to constrain the jet geometry and shed light on the central engine powering these explosions. Finally, with the sensitivities expected for the next generation of gravitational-wave detectors, I will present the statistically optimal method for the simultaneous detection of a foreground of compact binary mergers and astochastic gravitational-wave background from early-universe processes.

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Oct 6