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Colloquia
Colloquium
Friday, November 8, 2019
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204

Professor Leo Stein
[Host: Kent Yagi]
University of Mississippi
"Testing Einstein with numerical relativity: theories beyond general relativity, and the precision frontier"

ABSTRACT:
Advanced LIGO and Virgo have already detected black holes crashing into each other at least ten times. With their upgrades we anticipate a rate of about 1 gravitationalwave detection per week. More signals and higher precision will take the dream of testing Einstein's theory of gravity, general relativity, and make it a reality. But would we know a correction to Einstein's theory if we saw it? How do we make predictions from theories beyond GR? And do current numerical relativity simulations have enough precision that we could be confident in any potential discrepancy between observations and predictions? I will discuss (i) how to perform simulations in beyondGR theories of gravity, and (ii) how numerical relativity simulations need to improve to be ready for the precision frontier of gravitational wave astrophysics.




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