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