Tue31Oct20174:00 pmLewis 101
Colloquium: From the Ashes of a Pair of Neutron Stars: The Tale of a Kilonova
Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
From the Ashes of a Pair of Neutron Stars: The Tale of a Kilonova
The observation of the binary neutron star coalescence and the resulting electromagnetic counterpart by LIGO & Virgo and the various observing partners around the world has been one of the most amazing discoveries in physics and astronomy in recent times. The multitude of results that were obtained from this discovery, each in their own rights are fascinating. In this talk, I will attempt to condense these results and put them in the context of the efforts that have been carried out for many decades. I will first give a very short history of the subject, then I will talk about the description of the model of the physical process that we thought were responsible for the observed phenomenon. Next, I will talk about the proposed test to verify our model, and how we conducted them. Finally, I will summarize the important results of the multi-messenger observation.