Institute of Astronomy

Neutron star mergers: past, present and future

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Nial Tanvir (Leicester)9 November 2017Institute of Astronomy Colloquia


Compact binary mergers involving neutron stars have long been thought to be the likely progenitors of short-duration GRBs, and have increasingly been posited as the dominant site of heavy r-process nucleosynthesis in the universe. The recent LIGO/Virgo discovery of the binary neutron star merger GW170817 and its electromagnetic counterpart represent a landmark in multimessenger astronomy, and provide important insights into these long-standing issues. I will review (at least some of) the key findings and indicate future directions for the field.