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SEMINAR: Detecting Gravitational Waves from Binary Stars with LISA [Thomas Moore, Pomona College]

SEMINAR: Detecting Gravitational Waves from Binary Stars with LISA [Thomas Moore, Pomona College]

May 17, 2018 11:00 AM to May 17, 2018 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

 
 
Title: Detecting Gravitational Waves from Binary Stars with LISA
Thomas Moore [Pomona College]
Abstract:  The LISA mission is a space-based gravitational wave detector slated for launch in the 2030s. This talk will describe the operation of the LISA constellation of spacecraft, why it will be able to detect gravitational wave sources (including binary star systems in our own galaxy) that earth-based detectors cannot, and provide details on how one can use the detected gravitational wave signals to determine features of such systems. The talk will also provide an introduction to the phenomenon of gravitomagnetism and how that can effect the evolution of a binary star system and the gravitational wave signals that it produces.
 
10:50 am Refreshments
11:00 am Seminar
Building 8, Room 241