Alberto Sesana (AEI Potsdam)

Massive Black Hole Binaries: formation, dynamics and gravitational waves
When Jul 26, 2012 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • Special Seminar
Where SH, Lecture hall
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In the next decade the detection of gravitational waves (GW) will be a reality, opening a completely new window on the Universe. Massive black holes (MBH) binaries (MBHBs) are expected to be among the primary actors on this upcoming stage. I review our current understanding of MBH(B) formation, evolution and dynamics during the cosmic history, I will discuss detectability with proposed space interferometers (LISA/eLISA) and ongoing and forthcoming pulsar timing arrays, and discuss prospects to do multimessenger astronomy by exploiting observations of putative electromagnetic counterparts.