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Massive black holes along the cosmic history: formation, dynamics and gravitational waves

Friday, July 12, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Cahill 370
Alberto Sesana, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Milano-Bicocca

Following detection by advanced LIGO, gravitational wave (GW) stocks are on the rise. The low frequency GW Universe is likely dominated by signals emitted by a cosmological population of massive black hole binaries (MBHBs). I will review several aspects of MBH astrophysics, including their formation, evolution, interaction with their environment and GW emission. I will then discuss the prospect of GW detection with pulsar timing arrays and/or future space based interferometers such as the laser interferometer space antenna (LISA) and for pulsar timing arrays.

Series: TAPIR Seminar Series
For more information, please phone x4280 or email joann@caltech.edu

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