Institute of Astronomy

Gravitational Waves: reviewing the discovery and its implications

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Christopher Moore (IoA)19 February 2016Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group

Abstract

Following the recent announcement of the first detection of gravitational waves I will review the main results of the discovery with a focus on the analysis that leads to the estimates of the binary black hole parameters (including the black hole masses and spins). I will also discuss some of the implications of this discovery for astrophysics more generally.

Useful references:
* "Detection paper", "arXiv:1602.03837":http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.03837
* "Astrophysical implications paper", "arXiv:1602.03846":http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.03846

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