538 Davey Lab
Title: Quasi-Periodic Nuclear Transients from External Galaxies
Abstract: Extreme Mass Ratio Inspirals (EMRIs) are binaries containing a massive black hole (>~a few hundred 1000 solar masses, Msol) and an orbiting smaller object (0.1-100 Msol). They are expected to be one of the primary sources of gravitational waves with space-based gravitational wave detectors that will start operating in the next decade. The identification of electromagnetic counterparts of these gravitational wave emitters would transform our understanding of supermassive black hole growth, probe dark energy and put fundamental constraints on gravity. I will present the various flavors of repeating nuclear transients that we have identified using multiwavelength studies of several classes of cosmic transients including stellar tidal distribution events, quasi-periodic eruptions from nuclei of external galaxies, and outbursts from active galactic nuclei. Using general relativistic hydrodynamic simulations I will present the case for these quasi-periodic modulations as manifestations of EMRIs and will highlight the prospects they hold for the coming decade.
Astro Colloquium and 'coffee & cookies' department gathering (3:45-4:00pm)
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