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Globular Cluster Binaries and Gravitational Wave Parameter Estimation

Challenges and Efficient Solutions

  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

  • Explores diverse aspects of the new field of gravitational wave astrophysics

  • Discusses the interface between the astrophysical processes that form, and the analysis of, gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences

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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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About this book

Introduction

This thesis presents valuable contributions to several aspects of the rapidly growing field of gravitational wave astrophysics. The potential sources of gravitational waves in globular clusters are analyzed using sophisticated dynamics simulations involving intermediate mass black holes and including, for the first time, high-order post-Newtonian corrections to the equations of motion. The thesis further demonstrates our ability to accurately measure the parameters of the sources involved in intermediate-mass-ratio inspirals of stellar-mass compact objects into hundred-solar-mass black holes. Lastly, it proposes new techniques for the computationally efficient inference on gravitational waves.

On 14 September 2015, the LIGO observatory reported the first direct detection of gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of black holes. For a brief fraction of a second, the power emitted by this merger exceeded the combined output of all stars in the visible universe. This has since been followed by another confirmed detection and a third candidate binary black hole merger. These detections heralded the birth of an exciting new field: gravitational-wave astrophysics.

Keywords

Gravitational Wave Parameters Globular Clusters Intermediate Mass Black Holes Compact Binaries LIGO Compact Binary Coalescence Binary Merger Simulation of Gravitational Wave Source

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Institute for Theoretical AstrophysicsToronto, OntarioCanada

About the authors

Carl-Johan Haster is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto, Ontario. He works at the interface between the analysis of observations of gravitational wave events, the theory which can describe these signals and the study of the astrophysical processes which can form them.

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