Multi-messenger Astrophysics with Advanced LIGO: The Road (and Roadblocks) Ahead
The recent discoveries of gravitational waves unveiled numerous opportunities in astrophysics, as well as in the study of the cosmos and the laws of physics. With annually improving detectors, gravitational wave observations are set to rapidly expand in the next years. After introducing the relevant astrophysical sources, I will outline the status, plans and opportunities in multi-messenger observations that will broaden our horizon with gravitational waves. In particular, I will discuss the case of binary black hole mergers that will be the primary source for Advanced LIGO in the near future.
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