• Jan 20 2014

    UKZN Node Seminar (In conjunction with ACRU) Prof Ilya Mandel (University of Birmingham)

    "Hi folks,

    Please join us for a special ACRU seminar on Monday, January 20,
    12:00-1:00pm in the STEC. Our speaker will be Ilya Mandel from the
    University of Birmingham, and the title and abstract of his talk are
    below. Hope to see you then!

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    GWastrophysics of compact binaries

    Abstract:
    The first direct detections of gravitational waves from mergers of black
    holes and neutron stars by ground-based interferometric detectors LIGO
    and Virgo are anticipated in the next few years. They will provide us
    with a new probe on the Universe and enable us to explore compact-binary
    astrophysics and strong-field general relativity. In this talk, I review
    the current knowledge of the coalescence rates and parameter
    distributions of merging neutron-star and black-hole binaries and the
    data-analysis challenges associated with finding their signatures in
    noisy data. I report on ongoing efforts to develop a framework for
    converting gravitational-wave observations into improved constraints on
    astrophysical parameters and tests of general relativity, and discuss
    future developments necessary to the success of gravitational-wave
    astronomy.
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    cheers,
    Cynthia

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    PLEASE NOTE:
    Prof Mandel also gave two other talks during his visit namely:
    Colloquium at University of Stellenbosch on 11 February 2014
    Seminar at University of the Western Cape on 12 February 2014