Hearing and seeing GW170817

Speaker: 
Daniel Holz (University of Chicago)
Abstract: 

With the discovery of a binary neutron star coalescence in gravitational waves, and the discovery of an associated short gamma-ray burst, and the discovery of an associated optical afterglow, we have finally entered the era of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. We will discuss GW170817, and touch on some of the scientific implications, including confirmation of the kilonova model and estimates for the generation of r-process elements, tests of general relativity, and the first standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant. GW170817 represents a momentous development in gravitational-wave astronomy, and the birth of gravitational-wave cosmology.
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Date: 
Tuesday, 5 December 2017