Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2019
Volume 64, Number 3
Saturday–Tuesday, April 13–16, 2019; Denver, Colorado
Session G04: Probing Neutron Stars through Neutron Star Mergers
8:30 AM–10:18 AM,
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sheraton Room: Plaza F
Sponsoring Units: DAP DNP
Chair: Jocelyn Read, Cal State Fullerton
Abstract: G04.00002 : Probing Neutron Stars using Gravitational Waves*
9:06 AM–9:42 AM
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Duncan A. Brown
Duncan A. Brown
The detection of the binary neutron star merger GW170817 by Advanced LIGO and Virgo has allowed us to explore the nature of dense matter using gravitational waves. The gravitational waves radiated during the merger encode the masses, spins, and tidal deformability of the stars. Measuring these quantities allows us to probe the dense matter equation of state. The observation of GW17017 has provided unprecedented insight into the nuclear equation of state. However, despite the high signal-to-noise ratio of GW170817, challenges remain in accurately measuring the star's properties using gravitational waves. I will review what we have learned so far from GW170817 and discuss how future observations with Advanced LIGO/Virgo, or a third-generation detector like Cosmic Explorer, could improve our understanding of the nature of dense matter.
*DAB thanks National Science Foundation awards PHY-1707954 and PHY-1836702.
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