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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

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  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Colloquium: Physics and Astrophysics with Gravitational Waves from Compact Binary Coalescences

    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Anuradha Gupta
    Department of Physics
    Pennsylvania State University

    Physics and Astrophysics with Gravitational Waves from Compact Binary Coalescences

    The recent detections of gravitational waves from several binary black holes and binary neutron star mergers have opened up new avenues for gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics. These detections provide us with great opportunities to study astrophysical sources in both weak and strong gravity regimes. In this presentation, I'll tell you how one does physics and astrophysics with gravitational waves emitted from compact binary coalescences. In particular, how to constrain binary formation mechanisms from their observed properties, how to test general relativity and other theories of gravity and lastly how to do precision cosmology with gravitational waves. I'll also touch upon the future prospects of these efforts.