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IGC Colloquium: Merging Compact Binaries: From White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars to Supermassive Black Holes

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Dong Lai, Cornell University
When
27 March 2017 from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Where
320 Whitmore Lab
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Merging binary systems involving white dwarfs, neutron stars and (supermassive) black holes are associated with some of the extreme phenomena in the universe, including different types of transients, SN Ia and GRBs. They also produce gravitational waves of various frequencies that can be detected. I will discuss these systems, focusing on the interplay between gravitational waves and tidal interactions, and what can be learned about the properties of compact objects from studying these interactions. 

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