Recent Discoveries in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics


The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave (GW) observatories recently finished their third observing run. Due to the increased sensitivity during this run, we detected GWs at a rate of roughly 1.5 events per week. I will give an overview of our recent GW catalog (GWTC-2) containing 39 events and will highlight a number of exceptional events. Through examining these events we will touch on a variety of phenomena from black hole populations and black hole formation channels to GW higher order modes and binary merger recoils.


Speaker : 

Dr. Michael Ross (CENPA)