20. October 2020

Space Science at Droptower SEMINAR TALK

Location: ZARM Bremen - Online seminar
When: 20.10.2020, 16 h

Speaker: Vojtech Witzany (University College Dublin)
Title: A small black hole falls into a big one: making precise waveforms for LISA

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna is a space-based gravitational detector to be launched to space by ESA in the early 2030s. One of the classes of events it is designed to detect are inspirals of stellar-mass objects into supermassive black holes in our cosmic neighbourhood. However, these detections will be impossible without waveform predictions, and the maximum science yield relies on the waveforms being sufficiently precise. In this talk I will sketch the numerical and analytical methods used to model these inspiral waveforms and the progress the community has made in actually generating them.

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