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What can we learn from a chirp?

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  • UserStephen Fairhurst (Cardiff)
  • ClockWednesday 13 November 2013, 14:30-15:30
  • HouseNuffield G13.

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In the coming years, we expect to observe the gravitational wave signal from merging black holes and neutron stars. The characteristic “chirp” waveform carries an imprint of the system parameters: the masses and spins of the objects, the location and orientation of the source. Mass and spin measurements will inform binary evolution models while rapid localization will allow electromagnetic followup of events. In this talk, I will discuss the expected accuracy with which various parameters can be measured and the implications for gravitational wave astronomy.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Talks Series series.

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