CENTRA Seminar - Gravitational waves and the nature of relativistic compact objects - 07 junho 2018



Gravitational waves and the nature of relativistic compact objects

Chris Van Den Broeck



Abstract / Resumo 

The direct detection of gravitational waves from (presumed) binary black hole mergers, and more recently a binary neutron star coalescence, has enabled unprecedented access to the strong-field dynamics of spacetime, and given us ways to study how gravitational waves propagate over large distances, which I will briefly review. A natural next step is to empirically probe the nature of the compact objects themselves. In recent years a number of alternative objects to the "standard" black holes of classical general relativity have been proposed, which tend to have the property that they violate the black hole no-hair conjecture, or cause so-called gravitational wave echoes, or both. Concrete data analysis methods are under development to study these effects. As I will show, with expected upgrades of the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors over the next few years, the no-hair conjecture will be tested with an accuracy of a few percent. Similarly, if echoes exist then depending on their properties they will become detectable with great confidence; alternatively, stringent constraints will be placed.
07 de junho de 2018 | 14:30

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