Institute of Astronomy

Supermassive black hole binaries: the long journey to coalescence

SpeakerTalk DateWeekly Handout
Davide Fiacconi11 January 2017
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The first direct detection of gravitational waves from a black hole binary has been announced last
year. This officially opened the new era of gravitational wave astronomy, hunting for both new and
known sources through a different window on the Universe. Among them, supermassive black hole binaries
will possibly reveal new information on the formation of galaxies and the nature of gravity. I will
describe what gravitational waves are and how supermassive black holes can form binaries and eventually
coalesce in a burst of gravitational waves.

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