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Colloquium
Speaker
Patrick Brady (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee )
Date & Time
Wed, 31 July 2019, 15:00 to 16:00
Venue
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Campus Bangalore
Resources
Abstract

The observation of mergers of black holes and neutron stars has established gravitational-wave astronomy as powerful tool to understand the Universe. After a brief introduction to gravitational waves and how the detectors work, I will discuss the insights that have come from the events identified thus far by the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations. In particular, I will discuss merger rate estimates, what we know about the mass distributions of compact binary systems, and what we have learned from multi-messenger observations of binary mergers.