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SpeakerWilliam East (Princeton University)
Date Dec 12, 2012
Time 12:00 pm  
Location 464 Loomis
Sponsor Department of Physics
Event type Seminar/Symposium
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In dense stellar regions like globular clusters, black hole-neutron star and neutron star-neutron star binaries may form dynamically and merge with significant orbital eccentricities.  These mergers are not only a potential gravitational wave source for upcoming detectors like Advanced LIGO, but could also give rise to a number of electromagnetic transients including short gamma-ray bursts.  In this talk I will present results from general-relativistic, hydrodynamic simulations of black hole-neutron star and binary neutron star mergers and discuss the large variability with impact parameter that these systems exhibit in dynamics and outcome.  I will also discuss ongoing work to model the gravitational wave signals from these events and assess the prospects for detection.

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