• 2019 Oct 24

    ITC Colloquium - Michela Mapelli (INAF Padova)

    11:00am to 12:00pm



    Black hole demography in the era of gravitational-wave astronomy


    The era of gravitational-wave astronomy has just begun and the formation channels of binary black holes (BBHs) are one of its most debated questions. In my talk, I will discuss what we learned and what we still do not understand about the formation of black holes from the collapse of massive stars, focusing on the impact of pair instability and stellar rotation. Based on novel population-synthesis calculations, I will show that massive binary stars can evolve into BBHs with total mass up to ~130...

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  • 2019 Oct 24

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm


    Tom McLeish (University of York)  “Interdisciplinary Investigation of a Medieval Mathematical Cosmology: the 13th century Big Bang Theory”

    Joel Parriott (AAS)  "Why You Should Care About OCO, NDD, BCA and Other Federal Budget Arcana”

    Michela Mapelli (INAF Padova)  “Supernova-driven extreme mass ratio inspirals”

    Hamsa Padmanabhan (CITA)  “Going beyond LCDM with HI intensity mapping”