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Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar - "Searching for X-ray Binaries with Large-Scale Optical Variability Surveys"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
464 Loomis
Date
Apr 8, 2020   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Eric Bellm, University of Washington
Contact
Betsy Greifenkamp
E-Mail
greifenk@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Astrophysics, Gravitation, and Cosmology Seminar

Binary systems containing containing neutron stars and black holes are crucial to understanding accretion physics as well as stellar and binary evolution.  Current X-ray surveys have only identified a small fraction of the number of Galactic X-ray binaries expected from population synthesis.  These systems exhibit a range of variability signatures in optical bands which can be identified with current and future optical variability surveys.  I will describe ongoing searches with the Zwicky Transient Facility as well as prospects for discoveries with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

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