How Black Holes Shape Globular Clusters (speaker: Kyle Kremer, Northwestern)

Monday, May 21, 12:05pm
Marlar Lounge 37-252

Recent numerical simulations and observational indications have suggested that globular clusters (GCs) may contain large populations of stellar-mass black holes (BHs). This has important implications to gravitational wave astronomy, as GCs are understood to be efficient factories of merging BH-BH binaries. In this talk, I will examine ways BH populations influence the dynamical evolution and observable properties of GCs. Additionally, I will explore the dynamical formation of gravitational wave sources in GCs that may be detectable by LISA.