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Physics Colloquium: "Spinning Black Holes in Binaries"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
Loomis Lab 141 and via Zoom
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Feb 21, 2024   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Katerina Chatziioannou (Caltech)
Contact
Kelly H Darr
E-Mail
khdarr@illinois.edu
Phone
12173007821
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

The spins of black holes in binaries observed with gravitational waves are an essential probe of physics on multiple scales, from the astrophysical formation environments of compact binaries to fundamental physics. At the same time, the imprint of spin on the observed signals is weak, making constraints more challenging compared to the other key property of black holes, namely their mass. I will discuss how spins affect the mergers of black holes, the current status of spin measurements and its astrophysical implications, and challenges in ensuring robust and unbiased measurements.

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