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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Thu

    Colloquium: Black Holes, Alone and in Pairs

    4:00 pmNCPA Auditorium

    Aaron Zimmerman
    Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
    University of Toronto

    Black Holes, Alone and in Pairs

    The recent detections of gravitational waves have revealed an invisible side of the universe: black holes in binaries. These observations test our understanding of black holes, their violent mergers, and the theory of general relativity. A combination of analytic approximations and full numerical simulations is required to understand black hole binaries and predict the gravitational waves they emit. I will take us on a tour of these systems, discuss the “ringdown” of the final merged black hole, and present the most recent results from the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors.