School of Physics and Astronomy

Resonant Shattering Flares as Counterparts to GW Chirps

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16 February 2018

Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Speaker: David Tsang
Venue: G. O. Jones Building, Room 610

RSFs are prompt, bright, and isotropic, allowing detection and triggering from well beyond the LIGO-horizon and may be an important source for detectable electromagnetic counterparts to GW mergers. When a GRB is present, they appear as pre-cursors to the main flare, while for off-axis systems they should appear as isolated under-luminous GRBs with extremely short duration. I will discuss the physics and detectable emissions for RSFs compared to other counterparts, as well as afterglow, detection, and triggering strategies.