Institute of Astronomy

Massive Binary Paleontology with Gravitational Waves

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Ilya Mandel28 July 2016Binary Stars Talks

Abstract

Gravitational-wave astrophysics provides a unique opportunity to probe the evolution of massive stellar binaries via observations of their end products: merging compact remnants. In this talk, I will describe the ongoing efforts of our group to set up a framework for interpreting the observed populations in order to solve the inverse problem and determine the physics governing their evolution. I will focus on the statistical aspects of COMPAS (Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics), such as accounting for selection effects and measurement uncertainties. I will also discuss prospects for model-independent inference in the face of systematic model uncertainty.

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