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Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar - Justin Ripley (UIUC) "Modeling black hole binaries in modified theories of gravity"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
Loomis 464
Date
Sep 14, 2022   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Justin Ripley
Contact
Brandy Koebbe
E-Mail
bkoebbe@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Astrophysics, Gravitation, and Cosmology Seminar

Characterizing gravitational wave signals produced from black hole binaries requires accurately modeling the dynamics of those systems, to construct template waveforms for the inspiral, merger, and ringdown. I will describe recent progress in modeling the dynamics of black hole binaries in modified gravity theories. In particular, I will focus on the development of Numerical Relativity techniques to evolve black holes (and neutron stars) in Einstein scalar Gauss- Bonnet (ESGB) gravity. This modified gravity theory can be motivated by effective field theory reasoning and admits scalar "hairy" black hole solutions. I will discuss how gravitational wave observations can be used to constrain the amount of hair that could exist for black holes in our universe.

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