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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
The Renaissance of Compact Objects in Binary Systems
Kevin Burdge, Pappalardo Fellow, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),

Modern synoptic surveys are revolutionizing our understanding of compact objects in binary systems. In this talk, I will highlight some recent advances in our understanding of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes as a result of binary (and triple) systems. These results encompass phenomena which span orbital periods of 7 minutes to >70000 years, and have major implications in our understanding of compact object physics, as well as binary stellar evolution. I will conclude with a discussion of upcoming facilities including the Vera Rubin Observatory and LISA, and technological advances such as CMOS based imagers that will propel this field into its golden era.

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