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Chad Hanna

Chad Hanna

I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist working to detect gravitational waves emitted during the coalescence of binary neutron stars and/or black holes with the next generation Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).  Compact binary systems are direct probes of general relativity, stellar evolution and cosmology.  In addition to gravitational-wave emission, compact binaries with at least one neutron star are expected to produce intense
electromagnetic radiation during merger and prolonged optical and radio
emission.  The first discoveries of direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO have been very exciting. We are now poised to make a giant leap by combining real-time gravitational-wave searches with electromagnetic observations that will provide deep insight into these
extraordinarily powerful transient events such as confirming progenitor models
for short gamma-ray bursts.