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Probing the dynamics of gravity with gravitational wave detections

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The direct detection of gravitational waves (GWs) by Advanced LIGO heralded the beginning of a new era in experimental gravity. A new population of high-mass black holes is being unveiled and by analysing signals of GWs emitted by coalescing black hole binaries, we will be able to understand their origin. The detection of GWs from compact binaries also provides an ideal opportunity to test the non-linear dynamics of general relativity in its relativistic, strong-field regime, that was so far inaccessible to us. In this talk I will present results obtained by analysing the first three GW detections, GW150914 , GW151226 and the most recent GW170104

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