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Tests of strong gravity and new physics with gravitational waves

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Gravitational-wave observations can be used to test the Kerr nature of black holes through “gravitational spectroscopy,” i.e. the measurement of multiple quasinormal mode frequencies from the remnant of a binary black hole merger. They can also be used to reveal (or rule out) the existence of light bosons, that could be a component of dark matter and produce detectable signals through superradiant instabilities. I will discuss the prospects for black hole spectroscopy and dark matter searches with gravitational wave interferometers on Earth and in space.

This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Colloquium series.

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