Friday, July 12, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cahill 370

Special TAPIR Seminar

Massive black holes along the cosmic history: formation, dynamics and gravitational waves
Alberto Sesana, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Milano-Bicocca,

Following detection by advanced LIGO, gravitational wave (GW) stocks are on the rise. The low frequency GW Universe is likely dominated by signals emitted by a cosmological population of massive black hole binaries (MBHBs). I will review several aspects of MBH astrophysics, including their formation, evolution, interaction with their environment and GW emission. I will then discuss the prospect of GW detection with pulsar timing arrays and/or future space based interferometers such as the laser interferometer space antenna (LISA) and for pulsar timing arrays.

For more information, please contact JoAnn Boyd by phone at x4280 or by email at joann@caltech.edu.