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Special Seminar: Black Holes, Alone and in Pairs

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Aaron Zimmerman, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
27 February 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
320 Whitmore Laboratory
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Chad Hanna
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The recent detections of gravitational waves have revealed an invisible side of the universe: black holes in binaries. These observations test our understanding of black holes, their violent mergers and the theory of general relativity. A combination of analytic approximations and full numerical simulations is required to understand black hole binaries and predict the gravitational waves they emit. I will take us on a tour of these systems, discuss the "ringdown" of the final merged black hole and present the most recent results from the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors.