CCAPP Seminar: "DESGW: Discovering the Optical Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Emitting Neutron Star Mergers with DECam" Marcelle Soares-Santos (Brandeis)

May 23, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
PRB Smith Seminar Room
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Motivated by the exciting prospect of a new wealth of information arising from the first observations of gravitational and electromagnetic radiation from the same astrophysical phenomena, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) has established a search and discovery program for the optical transients associated with LIGO/Virgo events using the Dark Energy Camera (DECam). This talk presents the discovery of the optical transient associated with the neutron star merger GW170817 using DECam and discusses its implications for the emerging field of multi-messenger cosmology with gravitational waves and optical data.

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