Monday, November 1, 2021
12:00 – 12:30pm
Floor Broekgaarden, Harvard University
(What) Can we learn about Massive Stars from observations of Black Holes and Neutron Stars?
The population of observed NS/BH binaries from pulsar- and gravitational-wave surveys is rapidly growing. These detections carry valuable information about the properties of BHs and NSs, such as their rates, masses and spins, that we aim to use to probe the formation, lives and explosive deaths of massive stars throughout the Universe. However, uncertainties in the modeling of these sources are large, limiting such work. In this talk we will discuss – therefore the question: what can we really learn about massive stars from these BH/NS binaries?
Bio: Floor completed her BSc in Mathematics and Physics and her MSc in Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. After doing a few short research internships in Birmingham, Edinburg and Monash she joined Harvard in 2019 as a PhD student in Astronomy where she is co-developing the binary population synthesis code COMPAS. She is currently in her third year working on gravitational wave sources in LIGO, LISA and the CE, binary evolution, black holes, neutron stars and astro-statistics. Besides her research she is also actively involved in several initiatives for early-career astronomers.
12:30 – 1:00pm