NBIA Colloquium by Thomas Tauris on Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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NBIA Colloquium by Thomas Tauris on Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Abstract:
The recently detected gravitational wave signals of the merger events of pairs of black holes and neutron stars have revolutionized astrophysics by revealing new sources of fundamental importance for exploring the Universe. It is anticipated that within the next few years a global network of gravitational wave detectors will record hundreds of such mergers each year. This calls for an investigation of the formation of their progenitor systems. In this talk, I will discuss some of the physical processes behind the formation of neutron star and black hole binary systems. This includes exotic aspects of stellar physics, binary interactions, supernova explosions and accretion processes. Furthermore, I will discuss future gravitational wave detectors, including the proposed third-generation ground-based detectors and the upcoming space-borne gravitational wave observatory LISA. Finally, I will demonstrate examples of our recent theoretical work on Galactic LISA sources.

Thomas Tauris, who is Professor at the University of Aarhus, is a leading figure in the field of neutron stars, pulsars and their evolution.  He obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Aarhus in 1997, and was a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam, Nordita, and the University of Copenhagen before teaching at Herlufsholm School for some years.  From 2010-2018 he was on the staff of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. 

All are welcome!  Refreshments will be provided in the NBIA lounge after the talk.