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HEP Seminar: Modeling gravitational waves from binary systems

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Tanja Hinderer, University Of Maryland
15 January 2014 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
339 Davey Laboratory
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In the next few years the direct detection of gravitational waves from
coalescing neutron star and black hole binaries by an international network of laser interferometers
will become a realistic prospect. This will open the possibility for unique studies of violent astrophysical processes and strong-field gravity. However, realizing the science goals will require overcoming a variety of
experimental and theoretical challenges. On the theoretical side it is necessary to have a very
accurate description of the dynamics and wave emission to enable detecting weak signals and
extracting the physics encoded in the waves. I will discuss analytic methods used to
model gravitational waves, their connection with numerical relativity, and recent progress on including various physical effects that are expected to have a measurable imprint.