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Insights into binary black hole formation from gravtitational waves

Stevenson, Simon Paul (2017)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Gravitational-waves provide a unique probe of the stellar remnants---black holes and neutron stars---left behind at the end of massive stars lives. On the 14th September 2015 the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) made the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a merging stellar mass binary black hole, GW150914, during its first observation run (O1). In this thesis we present Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics (COMPAS). COMPAS is a platform incorporating astrophysical modelling tools and statistical analysis tools to extract information from the population of merging binary black holes we observe. We demonstrate that the masses, spins and observed rate of binary black holes can offer new insights into their formation.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Mandel, Ilya and Farr, Will
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Physics & Astronomy
Subjects:QB Astronomy
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:7667
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