Multi-messenger time-domain astronomy: GW170817 and the future
Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Location: 100 Willamette Hall
Speaker: Alessandra Corsi, Texas Tech University
On 2017 August 17, the field of gravitational-wave (GW) astronomy made the big leagues with a dazzling discovery. After several GW detections of black hole (BH)-BH mergers with no convincing electromagnetic (EM) counterparts, advanced LIGO and Virgo scored their first direct detection of GWs from a binary neutron star (NS) merger, an event dubbed GW170817. Soon after the GW discovery, GW170817 started gifting the astronomical community with an EM counterpart spanning all bands of the spectrum. In this talk, I will review what we have learned from GW170817 and its radio counterpart, what questions remain open, and what are the prospects for future radio plus GW studies of the transient sky.
Host: Raymond Frey
All attendees are invited to attend a colloquium reception in the Willamette Hall, Paul Olum atrium at 3:40pm.