Beautiful Binaries

Beautiful Binaries

Physics Colloquium

Date

April 17, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location

Marcus Nano

Room

1116

Speaker

Affiliation

University of Birmingham

In this talk, I will discuss recent advances in probing stellar binaries at a variety of scales.

The first detection of gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers have opened up new opportunities and challenges in astrophysics. I will describe my group's efforts to extract the astrophysical evolution of massive stellar binaries from observations of gravitational waves emitted during mergers of stellar remnants.

I will also discuss the promise of double tidal disruptions of stellar binaries by massive black holes to explain some very intriguing observational signatures from galactic nuclei.