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Astrophysics, Relativity, and Cosmology Seminar - Tom Baumgarte (Bowdoin College) "Capture of primordial black holes by neutron stars"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
Loomis 464
Virtual
wifi event
Date
May 1, 2024   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Tom Baumgarte
Contact
Deanna Frye
E-Mail
ddebord@illinois.edu
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Physics - Astrophysics, Relativity, and Cosmology Seminar
Primordial black holes (PBHs) - if they exist - interact with stars.  Sufficiently compact stars, in particular neutron stars, are able to capture PBHs gravitationally, which results in the PBH being swallowed by the star.   Once inside the star, the ``endoparasitic"  PBH accretes stellar material, ultimately inducing a dynamical collapse of the entire host star.  In this talk I will invoke simple estimates, point-mass approximations, and numerical relativity simulations in order to explore different aspects of this scenario.   Specifically, I will discuss the capture process, will highlight characteristic features of emitted gravitational wave signals, will examine the stability of stars hosting a black hole in the interior, and will present simulations of the final dynamical collapse.
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