Title: Binary Evolution: a Multi-messenger, Multi-band Puzzle
Abstract: Recent observations of merging pairs of black holes and neutron stars have ignited interest in the formation and evolution of stellar-remnant binaries. However, by the time a compact-object binary merges and produces the gravitational-wave signals observed by ground-based detectors, much of the evolutionary history of the system is washed away. By combining binary population synthesis simulations with gravitational-wave and electromagnetic observations, we can constrain uncertain processes that govern the evolution of binary stars from their birth through to stellar-remnant formation and merger. In this talk I will highlight recent work which explores ways to combine binary population simulations with current and future data from gravitational-wave and electromagnetic surveys to constrain the evolution of binary stars and the stellar remnants they produce.
Seminar starts at 12:00pm and will be held in 538 Davey and virtually via Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/92637070419