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The gravitational-wave sky so far

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In less than two years of operation, gravitational-wave observatories – Advanced LIGO , and more recently Virgo – have directly detected gravitational waves, discovered binary black hole mergers, revealing an abundant population of these systems, and recently observed the first binary neutron star coalescence. The aftermath of this event was also observed across the electro-magnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to radio waves, providing evidence that binary neutron star mergers are engines behind (at least some) short gamma ray bursts and primary production sites of elements heavier than iron in the Universe. I will summarise the results so far, their main implications and touch upon prospects for the future.

This talk is part of the Physics and Astronomy Colloquia series.

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