Institute of Astronomy

Binary Star Populations: on Double Black Holes, Core Collapse Supernovae and Ionizing Photons

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Selma de Mink25 July 2016Binary Stars Talks

Abstract

These are exciting times for the field of binary star evolution. Over the next three years we will see constraints on the BH-BH demographics, by far the most intriguing outcome of massive binary evolution, the coalescence of two gravitational singularities. Further great opportunities to learn about the complex of binary physics will likely be provided by the large scale transient surveys and increasing number of well studied resolved and unresolved stellar populations. Learning from these new sources requires both detailed accurate simulations as well as rapid populations synthesis simulations. I will discuss some recent advances in this area.

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