Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium

Speaker Stephan Rosswog
Title Compact binary mergers

Mergers of compact stellar objects are fascinating multi-physics problems. To date, several double neutron star systems are known and binary systems with a neutron star and a stellar mass black hole are believed to exist. Such binary systems are excellent laboratories for strong gravity and they are the most promising sources for a direct detection of gravitational waves in the kHz range. Their final merger most likely powers (about one third) the observed gamma-ray bursts, the most luminous explosions in the universe since the Big Bang. Moreover, they hold some promise in producing some of the heaviest elements. In my talk I will give a broad overview over this fascination topic and discuss some recent results.