Institute of Astronomy

COMPAS Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Alejandro Vigna-Gomez25 July 2016Binary Stars Talks


Advanced LIGO detections have confirmed the existence of coalescing compact objects, ushering in a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy. One of the proposed origins of these detections is through isolated binary evolution, during which two massive stars interact through a wide variety of processes, such as stellar winds, tides, mass transfer and common envelope events.

We report on the development of a new rapid binary population synthesis and statistical analysis code COMPAS (Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics) at the University of Birmingham, with examples of compact-object binary formation.