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Recent Developments in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Michael Ross, University of Washington
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 2:30pm

The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave (GW) observatories recently finished their third observing run. Due to the increased sensitivity during this run, we detected GWs at a rate of roughly 1.5 events per week. I will give an overview of our recent GW catalog (GWTC-2) containing 39 events and will highlight a number of exceptional events. Through examining these events we will touch on a variety of phenomena from black hole populations and black hole formation channels to GW higher order modes and binary merger recoils.

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