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Gravitational wave detections as probes of strong gravity

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The direct detection of gravitational waves (GWs) by Advanced LIGO heralded the beginning of a new era in experimental gravity. By analysing signals of GWs emitted by coalescing black hole binaries we can test general relativity (GR) in its relativistic, strong-field regime and study effects of its non-linear dynamics that were so far inaccessible to us. In this talk, I will briefly present the methods that were employed in order to test GR with the first two GW detections, GW150914 and GW151226. I will also attempt to summarize the prospects of probing the nature of gravity with current and upcoming GW detectors and will mildly speculate on what nature may have in store for such explorations in the long term.

This talk is part of the DAMTP Friday GR Seminar series.

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