Institute of Astronomy

Multi-messenger study of the Milky Way with LISA, Gaia and LSST

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Valeriya Korol (Leiden)2 November 2018Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group

Abstract

The upcoming LISA mission is the only experiment that offers the opportunity to study the Milky Way through gravitational wave
radiation, exploiting the signals from Galactic double white dwarf (DWD) binaries. I will show that the large number of DWD detections
will allow us to use these systems as tracers of the Milky Way potential.
Furthermore, in the coming years, a large number of DWDs
can be simultaneously detected in both electromagnetic (e.g. with Gaia and LSST) and gravitational wave radiation. This will provide a unique opportunity to perform a multi-messenger study of the Galaxy. Finally, I will talk about prospects of observing extra-galactic DWDs in the Local Group. I will show that extra-galactic DWDs detectable by LISA are those with the shortest orbital periods and with the highest chirp masses, that are candidates Supernovae Type Ia (SNIa) progenitor, virtually undetectable at those distances in optical. This implies that LISA could be the best instrument able to provide SNIa merger rates across the Local Group.

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